Woman and a Painter

Indian, Pahari
about 1790–1800
Attributed to Son of Manaku


Object Place: Style of Kangra, Punjab Hills, India

Dimensions

Overall: 17.7 x 14.7 cm (6 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.675

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Inscription

On separate piece of paper, possibly once the backing or cover of the painting, in Hindi:
From evening to morning, and morning to evening,
the days are passing and months go by.
What do you know of the woes of others?
None but the wise understands!
I gave you freely clean paper,
fresh and shining like glass
Oh, painter! how many days have passed,
and you have not drawn the picture of my friend!
(The painter answers):
I shall so prepare the portrait of yourself and your friend that instantly in the picture the divided lovers shall meet.

(Translation by Coomaraswamy)

Provenance

Given to the MFA by Ananda Coomaraswamy in 1922. Probably acquired in India.

Credit Line

Gift of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy