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The Guilty Krishna Looks in a Mirror

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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, Ambainville (Oise) France; 1966, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1966)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet

Adhira Nayaka

Indian, 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