Ladies Visiting an Ascetic at Night

Ladies Visiting an Ascetic at Night
Artist:
India: Mughal Style
Date:
1675 - 1750  
Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper 
Dimensions:
image: 6-7/8 x 4-3/16 in. (17.5 x 10.6 cm); sheet: 7-7/8 x 5-1/8 in. (20.0 x 13.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Vineet and Floretta Kapoor 
Accession Number:
P.2003.06.1 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Museum 
Not on View
Description

The exquisite details in this painting—the crescent moon and starry night sky, the dazzling multilayered outfits of the two young women and the delicate leaves of the flourishing tree—are hallmarks of the Mughal style of Indian painting. A pious young woman and her female companion visit a guru, who has long matted hair, a beard and fingernails. Painting night scenes became popular during the reign of Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor (r. 1628–58) who was a great patron of the arts.

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