The Jealous Older Woman and the More Impetuous Younger Woman

Rajasthan, Mewar
about 1615–20

Object Place: Mewar, Rajasthan, Northern India


Overall: 25.4 x 18.41 cm (10 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Not On View






On the front: "To please both nayikas, the cunning nayaka held two shining and beautiful jewels in the palms of his hands. He gave one to the elder and, on the pretext of handing the second to the other, he enjoyed the touch of her breast.".


Private European collection. Private American collection [see note 1]. November 30, 1994, anonymous ("property of various owners") sale, Sotheby's, New York, lot 17, sold to Art of the Past gallery (Subhash Kapoor), New York; 1995, sold by Art of the Past to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1995)

[1] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file, this painting is "said to have been in a private collection in Europe and then in a collection in the U.S." It comes from a large Rasamanjari manuscript, which was dispersed no later than the 1960s; other leaves from this series are in private collections and museums.

Credit Line

Helen S. Coolidge Fund