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Chesta Chatura Nayaka (The Hero Who is Clever in Action)

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Obverse: in Takri, on top margin: "Cekhra catara satha." Number 109 on left margin. Reverse: in Devanagari, 2 line inscription, translated by Coomaraswamy: "Beloved, what are you doing with the golden orange in your hand? (So said) the moon-face as she placed a dot on the bright circles (bhanau) painted in the house" Alternate translation: "When the lover holds in his hand the golden lime fruit, the moon-faced nayika puts a dot on the sun painted on the wall."


Given to the MFA by Denman Waldo Ross in 1917. Purchased from Ananda Coomaraswamy in 1917. Acquired in India prior to 1916.

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

Arranging a Tryst

Indian, Pahari, 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 22.9 x 32.6 cm (9 x 12 13/16 in. )

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Medium or Technique

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