www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - Mughal Princess Zebunissa listens to musicians while attended by maidservants. Mughalised Deccani, circa early 18th century.

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On a palace zenana terrace lying on a charpoi (day bed) Mughal Princess Zebunissa listens to musicians while attended by maidservants. On the terrace floor on a low table are Chinese blue and white porcelain wine flasks with cups and vases with cut flowers. Mughalised Deccani, circa early 18th century. Brush drawing with watercolour and gold on wasli with an identifying inscription written in Spanish above. 13.8 x 11.4cm

The French inscription refers to princesa Begumsaep (Princess Begumzeb) Hermana del Ray Ornag'hseep (Sister of King Aurangzeb). Zeb most likely refers not to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb's sister, but rather his historically famous daughter Zebunissa (1638-1702) - on the reverse in a largely unreadable script is otherwise evident 'daughter'. The inscription in Spanish, in my opinion contemporary or thereabouts to the painting, suggests production at a Deccani workshop.

With thanks to Manish Patel for translating the inscription

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Above: gilt and metallic blue detail reflecting light

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