About Two Ladies Embracing At A Jharoka
C. 1820-30 Vintage Indian Miniature Art Painting
(The) theme of cross-dressing is echoed in Two Ladies Embracing at a Jharoka (1820-30), where one woman wears a male garb, sporting a canary yellow peshwaj and a bottle-green turban, while the other wears a snug blouse and a ghagra. The titular characters, as they lock eyes, seem to be play-acting a seductive fantasy. “Such paintings,” Losty says, “were produced for a male patron and male audience, who at certain times would get a somewhat perverse pleasure from viewing [them].”
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