For sale is a 19th century Indian watercolor painting on paper. The details and colors in this antique painting are incredible. The scene shows a man and woman in a beautiful palatial courtyard setting with trees and bright flowers. Both their hands and feet painted with henna, their clothes, jewels and head wear are highlighted with bright gold. The watercolor has been painted in bright vivid colors on paper which shows very little evidence of its age. There are a couple areas where the paper is missing, I have taken close ups of these areas, mostly on the outer edges. The size of the art 8 ½" x 6" with the frame measuring 14 3/4" x 12".
FYI: Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. Henna has been used since the Bronze Age to dye skin (including body art), hair, fingernails, leather, silk and wool. In several parts of the world it is traditionally used in various festivals and celebrations. There is mention of henna as a hair dye in Indian court records around 400 CE, in Rome during the Roman Empire, and in Spain during Convivencia. It was listed in the medical texts of the Ebers Papyrus (16th c BCE Egypt) and by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (14th c CE (Syria and Egypt) as a medicinal herb. Ref: WikiPedia