Her complexion was dark, her eyes were like lotus leaves, her hair was blue and curly, her nails were beautifully carved and they were like bright copper, her eyebrows were fair. 

That description is of Draupadi, who along with Satyavati, Devayani and the earth herself are all mentioned as dark/copper coloured women in the Mahabharata. 
Nevertheless there is an ambivalence regarding skin colour in India where even a dark goddess like Parvati has a fair form. 
In miniature paintings, women are more often than not depicted with a fair skin tone though a maid may be depicted as dark skinned - however there are exceptions to this too. 
The Deccan miniatures are often similar to their northern counterparts.  But I was a little intrigued by this painting since nothing by way of dress or ornament or composition immediately suggests a difference in social class, instead it seems a matter of fact depiction of varying skin tones found in India.  Unfortunately details of the painting are not provided at the link (apart from the title Ladies on a Terrace). 

Her complexion was dark, her eyes were like lotus leaves, her hair was blue and curly, her nails were beautifully carved and they were like bright copper, her eyebrows were fair. 

That description is of Draupadi, who along with Satyavati, Devayani and the earth herself are all mentioned as dark/copper coloured women in the Mahabharata

Nevertheless there is an ambivalence regarding skin colour in India where even a dark goddess like Parvati has a fair form

In miniature paintings, women are more often than not depicted with a fair skin tone though a maid may be depicted as dark skinned - however there are exceptions to this too

The Deccan miniatures are often similar to their northern counterparts.  But I was a little intrigued by this painting since nothing by way of dress or ornament or composition immediately suggests a difference in social class, instead it seems a matter of fact depiction of varying skin tones found in India.  Unfortunately details of the painting are not provided at the link (apart from the title Ladies on a Terrace). 

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