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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.313
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Loving Couple at a Balcony
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1750-1810
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217890
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Rajput Style
Dimensions
232 x 14.4 cm (91 5/16 x 5 11/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Estate of Margaret F. Schroeder
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.313
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
A couple is seated against a large turquoise cushion with a gold lattice pattern in front of a balcony. The male figure, probably a prince, faces his lover and has his right arm around her shoulder and holds her left breast. In his left hand, he holds up a small green cup to her face. He wears a red and green turban that is tied together with a gold sash. Strands of pearls and emeralds decorate the turban. He wears a white jama (robe) and long strands of pearls around his neck. He wears pearl bracelets, rings with gems, and an armlet made of pearls and a ruby. The female figure has her head turned away from her lover, but her eyes look over at him. Her left hand holds his left shoulder and her right hand holds his right arm. She is adorned with pearl bracelets, pearl necklaces, earrings, rings, and a head ornament. A translucent red scarf with gold trim is draped around her head. Her right arm hangs over the balcony that is covered with a gold patterned fabric with a green border. A blue curtain with a red pattern is rolled up above their heads. The balcony has a decorative scallop opening. Rajput Style.

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