Heroine Rushing to Her Lover (Abhisarika Nayika )

Indian, Pahari
late 18th century
Attributed to The Family of Nainsukh

Object Place: Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 19.5 x 29.5 cm (7 11/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Not On View






Reverse: at center, in Devanagari: "Leaden and lowering and heavy-laden clouds -- dight in a robe of black -- dark collyrium is seen upon thine eyes. All thy limbs o'erspread with one dark hue -- thy bodice deeply dyed in dark cova. Lovely the jet-black silken robe,a nd all they gear becoming -- the black braid beauteous on they back let fall. At such times, in such a guise, when you meet your Krishna, all your efforts will bear fruit."


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