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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
© 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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