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The Gopis Swoon at the Sound of Krishna's Flute

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Inscription

Obverse: on top, in Devanagari, 2 line inscription. Reverse: lengthy inscription in orange Devanagari. Both have been read by Goswamy, who provides following summary: obverse text is reference to when women heard K's flute one fell to one side, another to the other, artist's interpretation which usually appears when K standing with 2 attendants, in Bhrajbhasha; reverse texts seems to be prescription for preparation (grinding and putting water in, khichiri?). Also, some faint figure sketches are apparent.

Provenance

Given to the MFA by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy in 1925.

Credit Line

Gift of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Indian, Pahari, about 1810–15

Object Place

Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India

Dimensions

Overall: 19.9 x 29.4 cm (7 13/16 x 11 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.527

Medium or Technique

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Drawings / Watercolors