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Royal Women Celebrating Diwali

December 31, 1759
Religion and Festival
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

Royal Women Celebrating Diwali



Royal Women Celebrating Diwali c. 1760 Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Gum tempera and gold on paper Image: 20.5 x 24.7 cm (8 1/16 x 9 3/4 in.) Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1971.82 DID YOU KNOW? "Diwali" comes from the Sanskrit words dīpa (lamp) and āvali (rows or series). DESCRIPTION Lined along the eaves, the top of the marble lattice railing, and the rims of the boats on the river are candles and butter lamps lit in celebration of a New Year festival. A princess on a golden armchair lights sparklers with her friends. In the boats and on the far shore men set off sparklers under the light of a magnificent firework display under the full moon. The style of this work is typical of Mughal painting from the mid-1700s, when scenes of domestic life among women of the court were a favorite subject for the imperial artists. PROVENANCE ?-1971 John D. MacDonald, Cambridge, MA, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art 1971- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH CITATIONS Leach, Linda York. Indian Miniature Paintings and Drawings. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1986. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 46 Sugimura, Tō 杉村棟 . Isurāmu [イスラーム = New history of world art, Islam].Tōkyō: Shōgakukan, 1999. Mentioned and Reproduced: no. 185, p. 311 EXHIBITION HISTORY Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 245). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (January 5-April 27, 2015). Dance of the Gods: Indian Art Inspired by Music. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 24-December 8, 1996).

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Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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