Krishna Loosens His Beloved's Belt

Satha Nayaka (the Deceitful Hero)

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

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


Overall: 23.3 x 33cm (9 3/16 x 13in.) Other (Without borders): 17.9 x 27cm (7 1/16 x 10 5/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, silver, gold and beetle wing on paper

Not On View






Obverse: on margin, no. 101; at top, in Devanagari, Nayak Satha.

Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: "The cunning lover won the confidence of his doe-eyed nayika by decorating her braid with garlands, painting floral designs on her forehead with sandal-paste, putting armlets on her upper arms, and placing a necklace of pearls on her breast. Winning the confidence of the fawn-eyed lady he slyly loosens the knot of her skirt, with his soft hand, on the pretext of touching her belt." no. 101


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