Desakhaya Ragini

Indian
about 1640–50


Object Place: Malwa, Central India

Dimensions

Overall: 19.4 x 15 cm (7 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.2379

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor on paper

On View

Corridor between Islamic Gallery and Huntington Lobby (183)

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Inscription

Obverse: title in Devanagari, now effaced. Reverse: in Devanagari: "An accomplished and clever young woman, fragrant of body, in all its parts, Fixing her heart upon her lord, such a lady is Desakh." Also, Persian inscriptions.

Provenance

1913, purchased in Delhi, 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 to the MFA by Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection