The Indignant Hero

Mani Satha Nayaka

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


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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

17.2783

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: 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.

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