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Fan

This fan has sticks of ivory with a painted paper leaf. It shows three scenes of Naples, with the central scene showing the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius erupting....

Sacred lotus

This flower has long been sacred, both in Buddhist and Hindu religions, signifying purity arising from foul mud. The leaves have a bluish waxy coating, so water runs off,...

Palanquin

A palanquin is similar to a sedan chair. It was carried by four men in relays, with changes every 10 miles, and usually at night to avoid the heat. The...

Courtesan

This lady is probably a courtesan or tawaif. She would be accomplished in the arts of music, dancing and poetry and would entertain the men of the court, particularly in...

A Dooly or a Woman’s Palanquin

A palanquin is similar to a sedan chair. It was carried by four men in relays, with changes every 10 miles, and usually at night to avoid the heat. If...

Lynx

This painting of a lynx, or sheah gosh, is part of the Cresswell collection. It is one of many Indian paintings (mostly botanical) and dates to the early 1800s. Lynx,...

Hookah

The hookah, also known as a shisha or narghile, originally used for smoking hashish rather than tobacco which was introduced to Persia around 1600. The leaf is burned with hot...