Praudha Adhira Nayika (The Mature Heroine Without Self-Control)
1694 or 1695
Attributed to Devidasa (active about 1680–1720)
Object Place: Basohli or Nurpur, Punjab Hills, India
Image: 19 x 29 cm (7 1/2 x 11 7/16 in.) Framed: 16 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (42.5 x 52.7 cm)
Medium or Technique
Opaque watercolor, gold, and beetle wing on paper
Not On View
Obverse: at top, inscription of Praudhaadhira then recopied.
Reverse: "When the daughter of the King of Mountains (Parvati) saw her reflection in the Moon on Lord Shiva's forehead, she mistook it for another nayika sporting with the Lord. So in anger she raised her trembling hand, adorned with glittering bracelets, to reproach her lord."
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)