Tapas of Parvati

Indian, Pahari
about 1800–25
Attributed to Sajanu

Object Place: Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 23 x 21.8 cm (9 1/16 x 8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, perhaps with traces of graphite

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Drawings / Watercolors


Observe: at top, in devnagri the page number "17" and the word "Parvati" at three different places. Reverse: there is inscription in devnagri but the painting is damaged and is fragile. It is mounted on a paper so the inscription cannot be read.


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