December 17, 2000
European artists devoted their talents to depicting imperial Indian beauties in their own inimitable style. Among the earliest European observers, who claim to have gazed at the royal ladies of the Mughal Court, are Sir Thomas Roe, Bernier and Manucci. Sir Thomas Roe, the English ambassador at Jahangir’s court, recorded that he snatched a glimpse of the royal ladies who were equally keen to see him, says Pran Neville
THERE was much curiosity about women belonging to aristocratic homes. They were secluded and kept in the zenanas. The Muslim women observed strict purdha considered essential as part of a respectable way of life. Many high caste aristocratic Hindu families adopted this practice and emulated social customs prevalent in the Mughal times among Muslim nobility.
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