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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Indian
Title:Woman Bringing Offerings to a Mullah
Date Made:late 18th century; Mughal Period
Type:Painting
Materials:opaque water base colors and gold on paper
Place Made:India
Measurements:image: 7 3/8 x 4 1/16 in.; 18.7325 x 10.3188 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.27.27
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Kenneth Galbraith (Catherine Atwater, class of 1934)
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
1981_27_27_v1.jpg

Description:
at night on terrace outside a doorway, three women, one with an offering, one with a candle and third with beads greet an older man

Label Text:
Several versions of this unidentified story have survived among which this painting appears to be the earliest; a religious teacher or a holy man in the costume of a mystic order (perhaps the Naqshbandi order) holds a metal candlestick with four flames; three women from the "zenana" (a women's quarter) step out of the gate; the one extending the plate of fruits appears to be of royal status as the Rajastani inscription in the lower margin also indicates; although not fully legible, the inscription refers to one of the daughters of the emperor Aurangzeb (reigned 1658-1707); night scenes such as this offered the Mughal painters an opportunity to exercise their skills in depicting the effects of light as learned from the European style of painting. (text label from Sussan Babaie class)

Tags:
exterior; architecture; night; women; men

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