Krishna's Favorite Reaches for Him but He has Vanished

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

Object Place: Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 20.7 x 28.6cm (8 1/8 x 11 1/4in.) Image: 20.7 x 28.6 cm (8 1/8 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink and charcoal on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Inscription on reverse in Sanskrit, in Devanagari script, translated by Coomaraswamy in Rajput Painting catalogue: "So saying, he spake to the dear one, 'Come on to my shoulder,' and then disappeared: and she, left lacking, suffered torment." (Sanskrit: Evamuktah priyamaha skandha aruhyatam iti / Talascantardadhe krsah sa vaduranvatapyat. 38)


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