Chitra Darshana Nayika (The Heroine Who Gazes at a Picture of Her Absent Beloved)

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

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


Overall: 22.3 x 32.6 cm (8 3/4 x 12 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, gold, silver and beetle wing on paper

Not On View






Obverse: in top margin, in Takri: "Citradarshana" and no. 133. Reverse: at bottom, 2 line inscription in Sanskrit in Devanagari: "Nivim hared urasijan-vilekhen-nakhena damtaschadamca dashanena dasheda kasmat, Itham patesa likhitam dayitam vilokya bala pureva vanaja hara vihara smakam. 133" = "Tearing at her skirt, vehemently marking her breasts with her nails and biting her lips with her teeth, and crying 'When (will he come)?' Thus regarding her lover depicted in the picture, the babe is afraid that he may be taking his pleasure in the groves."


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