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Lady with a Yo-yo

Asian Art

This painting belongs to the extensive genre of paintings depicting lonely women who must amuse themselves while their lovers are away. It shows a woman playing with a string toy that is similar, but not identical, to a Western yo-yo. She stands on a low stool, which serves as a pedestal, inviting us to admire the beauty of the subject. The servant standing behind her is probably a woman (judging by the thin veil over her shoulders and her hennaed feet), although she is dressed in the turban and long coat (jama) of a man. She holds a peacock-feather fan that she can use to create breezes as well as to shoo away insects.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES ca. 1770
DIMENSIONS sheet: 9 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (23.5 x 15.7 cm) image: 8 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. (21.3 x 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Alan Kirschbaum
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Style of Mughal. Lady with a Yo-yo, ca. 1770. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 9 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (23.5 x 15.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alan Kirschbaum, 80.268.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.268.1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 80.268.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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