Page from an erotic album
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Late Mughal, possibly Lucknow, Circa 1780-90
The naked couple are primed for intercourse after enjoying betel and wine that is scattered on the terrace before them, surrounded by a low gilt railing before a hazy lake with the faint outline of boats, and rolling hills with a small distant village under a golden dawn sky. Blue and gilt floral margins with gilt speckled border.
image: 6 ¾ x 4 ½ in. (17 x 12 cm), folio: 11 x 7 ½ in. (28 x 19 cm)