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A Lady Smoking a Huqqa
India, Kangra, circa 1800
Depicting a lady upon a white terrace overlooking a lake at sunset, with a bidri huqqa resting near her foot and a maidservant behind her fanning her with a morchal
9½ x 6 5/8 in. (24 x 16.7 cm.)

Lot Essay

The series evokes the everyday life of the court lady from arranging her toilette to preparing for a tryst with her lover. Compare to another depiction of a lady writing a letter, with similar treatment of borders, in Alamkara: 5,000 Years of Indian Art, Asian Civilisations Museum/National Heritage Board, 1994, cat. no. 74.

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