Dancing at Court

Dancing at Court
Place Made:
India: Rajasthan, Kota Workshop
Date:
c. 1775
Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper 
Dimensions:
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) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Vineet and Floretta Kapoor 
Accession Number:
P.2002.03 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View
Description

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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