Posted on: 15 September 2013

Music party on a riverside terrace
North India, c. 1670

A music party takes place on the terrace of one of the noblemen’s havelis or garden mansions that once lined the Jumna river at Agra, upstream from the Taj Mahal. The Muslim noble who hosts this soirée presides against a flowered gold cushion. Holding a rose, he gazes with grave courtesy at his chief guest, who shares the same floor-spread.

© University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum

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They dont let go of their talwars. All the heads are so stoic - dont we see emotions on people when they hear music and most of all no women , that says quite a bit about the party of those years - the women came only as th "entertainer"