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Official teachers' resource for the Art Gallery of Ontario's Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts exhibition, which is up until April 3, 2011. Learn about some of the artifacts in the exhibition, and engage in a dialogue relating ancient artworks to contemporary life.

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Paintings of Pastimes

A woman flying a kite. c. 1700-1800 opaque watercolour on paper Victoria & Albert Museum, London © V&A Images / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Nazar paintings showed women spending time doing their favourite things.
  • If you were in one of these paintings, what types of activities would you be doing? What would these activities say to your loved ones about you? What symbols would you use to express your feelings?

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