Mirza Muhammad Azam Shah celebrating holi
Lucknow, circa 1780
Calligraphic panel signed by Hafiz Nurullah verso
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; the ruler embraces a courtesan in the center of celebrations surrounded by other members of the zenana and female musicians. Each figure is attired in sumptuous textiles and adorned with elaborate jewelry befitting their stature within the court. The ground is saturated with vermillion colored powder and colored water.
Folio: 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (52.07 x 41.91 cm)