The sweetness of wine
Were fruits, paan (betel nut) and wine frequently consumed in the Mughal period? In this painting from Jaipur, we see a portrait of a woman appearing at the window with a wine cup in one hand and perhaps a wine decanter or flask in the other hand. Wine flasks were special because they were often bejewelled with emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Here, the wine flask with its blue and white elaborate details could be made of glazed chinese porcelain and adds to the ”theatre of the moment”. Art historian Kavita Singh explains this moment in jharokha portraits as catching a glimpse of a ruler through a window. You can explore the sweetness of wine and it’s connection with fruits with the recipe below.