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Paintings of a gazelle and a courtesan. c. 1700-1780


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This seductive painting depicts a nayika (heroine) waiting for her lover. Emperor Muhammad Shah’s chief court musician, Nimat Khan (known as Sadarang), composed numerous khayals (two-verse love songs) in which the Emperor is cast as the ideal lover or nayak for whom the nayika yearns.