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A Hindu Bridal Scene, c. 1725

Unknown (Indian, later Mughal - c. 1725)

opaque watercolour on paper with gold-decorated and ruled borders, laid on gold-speckled board
35.8 x 24.6 cm; image: 22 x 14 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23570)

In a ceremony prior to her marriage, attendants prepare the bride with scents and sweets, as she observes her reflection in the mirror. A musician playing the sitar, the principal musical instrument of Northern India, is shown at the lower right.




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