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The firecracker

The young princess is seated on a golden chauki and is holding in one hand an ornate golden huqqa decorated with flowers, and in the other a firecracker.

The five attendants

Behind the princess stand her five attendants, holding a surahi, a morchal, candles, a fly whisk, a wine tray, and a pandan.

The pandan

Close to the princess is a pandan (container) for keeping betel leaves, a thali (tray) with some fruit or food items, and two gold surahi’s (long necked flasks) filled with wine or water.

The jewelry

Shown in profile, the princess wears a gold ghagra skirt and is accessorized with jewelry made of pearls.

The smoke

The smoke from the sparkles of the firecracker has been painting by the artist to disappear into the air.

The terrace

The white terrace building of the palace has intricate wall paintings, depicting trays of vases filled with flowers.

Princess Lighting a Sparkler, National Museum New Delhi, 1750

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The main focus of this painting is a young woman, kneeling in the centre, removing the corn cobs from her basket, and spreading them out in the sun on a blanket.

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In the background is another woman, busily engaged in a task and painted with darker colors, contrasting with the younger girl in the foreground.

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Malhoa focuses the attention on the bent body of the young woman in the foreground as she leans over the basket.

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The women's face and blouse are bathed in sunlight, with the yellow in her headscarf matching the corns on the ground.

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