Collections: Asian Art: A Lady Receiving a Messenger

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    A Lady Receiving a Messenger

    • Culture: Indian
    • Medium: Opaque watercolors on paper
    • Dates: mid 18th century
    • Dimensions: sheet:10 x 6 3/4 in. (25.4 x 17.1 cm) image: 8 1/2 x 5 in. (21.6 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Inscriptions: Reverse: Calligraphy by Amir Bavar Khabak(?) from catalogue: Verso: In black ink, in Persian, in nastaliq script: In the time of your just rule, O King, nobody has any complaints. May your world be always full of prosperity, and may The One Who Created Your World always protect you. Written by the lowly servant Amir Bavar Khabak. (Trans. M. Abid)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 81.192.6
    • Credit Line: Anonymous gift
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Indian. A Lady Receiving a Messenger, mid 18th century. Opaque watercolors on paper, sheet:10 x 6 3/4 in. (25.4 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 81.192.6
    • Image: recto, 81.192.6_recto_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
    • Record Completeness: Adequate (55%)
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    Recent Comments
    09:09 05/18/2011
    Ah, as you know
    virtuous as I am
    honor-filled as I am
    so respectful of
    propriety, and goodness
    as I am
    I receive no messengers
    that are not approved
    I receive no letters
    and I listen to no messages
    that are not sanctioned;
    O venerable lady –
    you should know that

    But come, since you have
    troubled yourself,
    and at your age too -
    I shall take the note
    and keep it close to my breast
    and peruse it at my leisure
    as becomes a lady of virtue and honor

    put it in my hand or ear
    and you may go

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