Indian Miniature

Indian Miniature - A Lady Playing the Tanpura, c. 1735 (Rajasthan)

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A Lady Playing the Tanpura, c. 1735 (Rajasthan) in the year 1735. As a nayika (archetypal heroine), this figure personifies the ideal of feminine beauty as conceptualized in Indian devotional poetry of the period. She strums a tanpura and wears elaborate jewelry and sheer textiles, clearly placing her as a member of the court. At the same time, there is the allusion that she is Radha, the divine consort of Krishna, who was important to these Kishangarh patrons.