The Hero Pining for Another Man's Wife

Proshita Upapati Nayaka

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


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

Dimensions

Overall: 21.8 x 31.7 cm (8 9/16 x 12 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

17.2784

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, silver, gold, and beetle wing on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Inscription

Obverse: at top, in Devanagari, number 111.

Reverse: long inscription in Devanagari: "I remember how she had accepted my unspoken request with her surprised sidelong glance, lit up as if by an inner smile, when I had approached the path of the sweet-eyed woman and stood there, on a pretence, as she was going to the pool for the pleasure of playing in the water." Also short inscription in Takri.

Provenance

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