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A princess wrapped in a gold sari attends to her toilet while standing on a footstool between two slender cypress trees, signed by Wajid, Isarda, circa 1680
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A princess wrapped in a gold sari attends to her toilet while standing on a footstool between two slender cypress trees, signed by Wajid, Isarda, circa 1680
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A princess wrapped in a gold sari attends to her toilet while standing on a footstool between two slender cypress trees, signed by Wajid, Isarda, circa 1680

Provenance

Sotheby's London, 23 April 1997, lot 2.
P & D Colnaghi and Co. Ltd. London, 1983.

Literature

I. Pasricha, 'Painting at Sawar and Isarda in the 17th century', Oriental Art, New Series, Vol. XXVIII, Number 3, Autumn 1982, figure 14.

Catalogue Note

The artist Wajid, who mainly painted portraits of rulers and animals, repeated motifs to which he was partial in this lyrical picture of a lady bathing. The gently rolling sky, for example, is also utilised in two Isarda ruler portraits (Pasricha 1982, figs.6, 10). The floral pattern on the gold sari is also a favourite Wajid motif (ibid., figs.10, 12). This inscribed depiction of a woman bathing makes possible the attribution of two other female portraits to the same artist (ibid., p.267).

Wajid has imbued the picture with a lyrical quality enhanced by the flowers, the birds singing in the two slender cypress trees, the way in which the lady turns back to look at the singing birds, and the sinuous lock of hair falling across her body.

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