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Caption: Intoxicated Woman at a Window Northern India (Rajasthan, Bundi or Kota), late 18th century Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 13 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. (34.9 x 28.9 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Walzer, 79.285

Label: The male patrons for Indian painting commissioned many images of lovesick women who suffer terribly while their lovers are away. This woman sits at a window, perhaps watching for the arrival of her beloved. The use of a window as framing device here is somewhat ironic, because window frames appear more often in official portraits of rulers. Here, instead of a proud prince we see a woman who has been assuaging her longings with either wine or opium: she leans awkwardly on one arm, her eyes tinged with pink, her eyelids drooping. The fact that she wears no blouse suggests that she is a courtesan, but her jewelry and the precious flask and cup suggest that she enjoys a high level of patronage. What might be a tawdry or pathetic scene is elevated by the high quality of painting and the sophisticated palette of muted blues and reds.

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Women slightly favor this painting.

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* We have low confidence in this metric because relatively few people in this group (less than 50) rated this object.

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