Adhama Vaishika Nayaka (The Depraved Hero)

The Hero Returns from Seeing Another Woman

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


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

Dimensions

Overall: 22.6 x 32.3cm (8 7/8 x 12 11/16in.) Other (Image only): 26.2 x 17.3cm (10 5/16 x 6 13/16in.)

Accession Number

17.2782

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Inscription

Obverse: at top and on side margins, in Takri: Vaishakadhanm, 106.

Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: 106 and verse, translated by Coomaraswamy: "His swollen heart knows neither shame nor pity nor any fear of anger; How can such a tender bakula bud as I have been cast into his hands today?"

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