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Indian Painting on Mica, Mid-19th Century

Y589 Indian painting on mica, mid-19th Century
Ref: Y589

Indian painting on mica, mid-19th Century, mounted on a paper leaf, depicting a scene titled 'A Naatch, Girls Dancing before a Native of Rank', with seated figures at leisure, attendants, musicians and dancing girls all beneath a canopy in a palace courtyard, dimensions: 23cm x 18.6cm; condition: good. Originally part of a leather bound album containing fourteen Indian paintings. The English word 'nautch' comes from Hindi and Marathi nach (dance) and refers to a performance given by dancing-girls in front of an audience.