The Hero Who Loves Another Man's Wife

Upapati Nayaka

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

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


Overall: 23.5 x 32.8cm (9 1/4 x 12 15/16in.) Other (Without borders): 17.8 x 26.8cm (7 x 10 9/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

On View

Corridor between Islamic Gallery and Huntington Lobby (183)






Obverse: at top, in Devanagari, short inscription (to be read) and on margin "102".

Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: "Fear of detection does not permit the eager lovers' gaze to meet. Scared of the jingling sound of the armlets, they desist from embracing. They kiss each other's lips without the contact of their teeth. Their union is hushed, too. Such a love is indeed empty of joy." 102


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