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Adhama Vaishika Nayaka (The Depraved Hero)

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Obverse: at top and on side margins, in Takri: Vaishakadhanm, 106. Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: 106 and verse, translated by Coomaraswamy: "His swollen heart knows neither shame nor pity nor any fear of anger; How can such a tender bakula bud as I have been cast into his hands today?"


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

The Hero Returns from Seeing Another Woman

Indian, Pahari, 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 22.6 x 32.3cm (8 7/8 x 12 11/16in.) Other (Image only): 26.2 x 17.3cm (10 5/16 x 6 13/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

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