Gita Govinda: Krishna awaiting Radha

Indian, Rajasthani
Probably 1629
Attributed to Sahibdin (Indian, active about 1620–55)

Object Place: Mewar, Rajasthan, Northern India


Overall: 26.3 x 18.6cm (10 3/8 x 7 5/16in.) Framed: 18 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (47.6 x 37.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Not On View




Books and manuscripts


Inscription in front top: "Oh Radha, the sly Krishna is languishing; murmuring 'Radha, Radha,' and tearing plantain leaves from the tree, he has made on them a bed of flowers; he is wasting away, as he watches the road; whither the buzzing bees are winging, there is your friend on the plantain leaves." Radha, weeping, very quickly went towards the thicket; went where the friend with the swinging earrings was awaiting the artless girl like some biji[vine]; the young Radha moved with the gait of an elephant.


1932, gift of Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 3, 1932)

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection