Miniature pasted on an album leaf. “In a Goldsmith’s Workshop”
India, Bundi; c. 1760
Miniature: 24.5 × 16.3 cm
Even though the style of this genre picture from Bundi lacks the refinement that characterizes Mughal art, the intensity of the colors, especially on the women’s clothing, is striking. The wild, dramatic sky that heralds an approaching storm is also typical of art from Rajasthan.
The scene is a goldsmith’s workshop, where the master himself has a tight grip around the calf of a Hindu woman while he attaches a ring around her ankle. A younger apprentice is keeping the forge hot with a blowpipe while he cools a ring with his right hand. A little girl is eating what looks like a parsnip as two richly bejeweled women come in, chatting enthusiastically.
Inv. no. 17/1981
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