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Chitra Darshana Nayika (The Heroine Who Gazes at a Picture of Her Absent Beloved)

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Obverse: in top margin, in Takri: "Citradarshana" and no. 133. Reverse: at bottom, 2 line inscription in Sanskrit in Devanagari: "Nivim hared urasijan-vilekhen-nakhena damtaschadamca dashanena dasheda kasmat, Itham patesa likhitam dayitam vilokya bala pureva vanaja hara vihara smakam. 133" = "Tearing at her skirt, vehemently marking her breasts with her nails and biting her lips with her teeth, and crying 'When (will he come)?' Thus regarding her lover depicted in the picture, the babe is afraid that he may be taking his pleasure in the groves."


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

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

Indian, Pahari, 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 22.3 x 32.6 cm (8 3/4 x 12 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, gold, silver and beetle wing on paper