Chesta Chatura Nayaka (The Hero Who is Clever in Action)

Arranging a Tryst

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

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


Overall: 22.9 x 32.6 cm (9 x 12 13/16 in. )

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Medium or Technique

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

Not On View






Obverse: in Takri, on top margin: "Cekhra catara satha." Number 109 on left margin. Reverse: in Devanagari, 2 line inscription, translated by Coomaraswamy: "Beloved, what are you doing with the golden orange in your hand? (So said) the moon-face as she placed a dot on the bright circles (bhanau) painted in the house" Alternate translation: "When the lover holds in his hand the golden lime fruit, the moon-faced nayika puts a dot on the sun painted on the wall."


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