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Forlorn woman on a terrace
Place of Origin: India, Udaipur, Rajasthan state, former kindgom of Mewar
Date: approx. 1800-1825
Materials: Ink, opaque watercolors, and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 14 3/4 in x W. 11 1/4 in, H. 37.5 cm x W. 28.6 cm
Credit Line: Gift of George Hopper Fitch
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 2010.474
On Display: No

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Label: Much of India's poetry and painting concerns the yearning and pining for an absent lover. Here a woman sits in a striking pose, with her head thrown back and elbows arched. The diaphanous fabric that covers her billows out, adding a sense of agitation. An array of objects—a hookah, cups of wine, and so on—surround her, but she is interested not in the pleasures of life but only in her deep distress. This work's artist was inspired by the important and idiosyncratic artist Chokha, who worked in the kingdom of Mewar—at the capital, Udaipur, and in one of the smaller principalities, Devgarh.

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Exhibition History: "Gorgeous", Asian Art Museum, 6/20/2014 - 9/14/2014
Label: Much of India's poetry and painting concerns the yearning and pining for an absent lover. Here a woman sits in a striking pose, with her head thrown back and elbows arched. The diaphanous fabric that covers her billows out, adding a sense of agitation. An array of objects—a hookah, cups of wine, and so on—surround her, but she is interested not in the pleasures of life but only in her deep distress. This work's artist was inspired by the important and idiosyncratic artist Chokha, who worked in the kingdom of Mewar—at the capital, Udaipur, and in one of the smaller principalities, Devgarh.
Exhibition History: "Gorgeous", Asian Art Museum, 6/20/2014 - 9/14/2014