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Dancing at Court, c. 1775

India: Rajasthan, Kota Workshop, 1750-1800
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
image: 11 x 6 in. (27.9 x 15.2 cm); sheet: 13-5/8 x 8-3/4 in. (34.6 x 22.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Vineet and Floretta Kapoor
© 2012 Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This festive scene probably depicts the spring festival known as Holi, which is celebrated with dancing, merrymaking and the sprinkling of brightly colored powders. A prince and his attendants watch a music and dance performance while a princess observes the festivities from the rooftop above. The couple’s royal status is indicated by the peacock feather fans, known as morchals, used by their attendants.

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