Woman and a Painter

Indian, Pahari
about 1790–1800
Attributed to Son of Manaku

Object Place: Style of Kangra, Punjab Hills, India


Overall: 17.7 x 14.7 cm (6 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Not On View






On separate piece of paper, possibly once the backing or cover of the painting, in Hindi:
From evening to morning, and morning to evening,
the days are passing and months go by.
What do you know of the woes of others?
None but the wise understands!
I gave you freely clean paper,
fresh and shining like glass
Oh, painter! how many days have passed,
and you have not drawn the picture of my friend!
(The painter answers):
I shall so prepare the portrait of yourself and your friend that instantly in the picture the divided lovers shall meet.

(Translation by Coomaraswamy)


Probably acquired in India by Ananda Coomaraswamy (b. 1877 - d. 1947), Needham, MA; 1922, gift of Ananda Coomaraswamy to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 19, 1922)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy