Pigments and gold on paper
India, Murshidabad, Late 18th century, Mughal Period
Height à vue: 29 Width à vue: 22,2 cm
Provenance: formerly in the Kelekian Collection New York, Joseph Soustiel Paris. The back of the old frame bearing a label “Art Musulman – Joseph Soustiel”
Seated on a rock, bare chested and wearing a leaf dress from the Savara tribe, a young woman holds a snake and is surrounded by dancing snakes. On the left side, a musician, and on the right side, two servants are bringing her dishes. In the upper part of the painting, behind the silver painted river, two finely detailed cities are outlined in gold. It is quite tempting to see a relation in this painting with the iconography of modern epics as Game of Thrones and in that precise case the scene of the survival of the mother of dragons after the funeral pyre of her husband, bare chested and surrounded by dragons.