Adhama Vaishika Nayaka (The Depraved Hero)

The Hero Returns from Seeing Another Woman

Indian, Pahari
1660–70
Attributed to Kripal (active about 1660–1690)


Object Place: Basohli or Nurpur, Punjab Hills, Northern India

Dimensions

Overall: 22.6 x 32.3cm (8 7/8 x 12 11/16in.) Other (Image only): 26.2 x 17.3cm (10 5/16 x 6 13/16in.)

Accession Number

17.2782

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, silver, gold, and beetle wing on paper

On View

Corridor between Islamic Gallery and Huntington Lobby (183)

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Inscription

Obverse: at top and on side margins, in Takri: Vaishakadhanm, 106.

Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: 106 and verse, translated by Coomaraswamy: "His swollen heart knows neither shame nor pity nor any fear of anger; How can such a tender bakula bud as I have been cast into his hands today?"

Provenance

By 1916, purchased in India by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection