The Indignant Hero

Mani Satha Nayaka

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

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


Overall: 23.2 x 32.1 cm (9 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

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 Takri, "Manisatha" (= sulky rogue) and on side margin, number 107.

Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, verse translated by Coomaraswamy: "Driving him out, your voice (fell) like a thunderbolt upon his heart, when he heard these words of yours he hastily went forth. Leaving very early, avoiding the argument, his face distorted by grief, with down-cast sulky looks, in such guise I have seen the Lord of your Soul." and number 107.


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