Chesta Chatura Nayaka (The Hero Who is Clever in Action)

Arranging a Tryst

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


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

Dimensions

Overall: 22.9 x 32.6 cm (9 x 12 13/16 in. )

Accession Number

17.2785

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: in Takri, on top margin: "Cekhra catara satha." Number 109 on left margin. Reverse: in Devanagari, 2 line inscription, translated by Coomaraswamy: "Beloved, what are you doing with the golden orange in your hand? (So said) the moon-face as she placed a dot on the bright circles (bhanau) painted in the house" Alternate translation: "When the lover holds in his hand the golden lime fruit, the moon-faced nayika puts a dot on the sun painted on the wall."

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