The Guilty Krishna Looks in a Mirror

Adhira Nayaka

About 1770

Object Place: Datia, Malwa, Central India


Overall: 20.9 x 24.8 cm (8 1/4 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Not On View






On the front: in the top border - in white Devanagari script (to be read), verse 230 of the Sat Sai, plus commentary and the number 72.

On the reverse, in black Devanagari, in Brij (to be read): verse number 230 of the Sat Sai with the word "Adhira" inserted before the second line. Also, two collector's seals: "Tasvir Khana Datiya #74" and "Colonel R. K. Tandan, Akbarpur #123."
Translation of the verse (by Krishna P. Bahadur):

What she said:
Your lacquer stained forehead [from the makeup of another woman] inflames my eyes Here's a mirror, now see the proof of your guilt, lad; once it's washed away
you'll never own up!


Royal collection, Datia. Colonel R.K Tanden, Akbarpur, India. By 1965, private dealer/collector, Calcutta; 1965, purchased by John Goelet, Amblainville (Oise) France; 1966, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1966)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet