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Heroine Rushing to Her Lover (Abhisarika Nayika )

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Reverse: at center, in Devanagari: "Leaden and lowering and heavy-laden clouds -- dight in a robe of black -- dark collyrium is seen upon thine eyes. All thy limbs o'erspread with one dark hue -- thy bodice deeply dyed in dark cova. Lovely the jet-black silken robe,a nd all they gear becoming -- the black braid beauteous on they back let fall. At such times, in such a guise, when you meet your Krishna, all your efforts will bear fruit."


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

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

Indian, Pahari, late 18th century

Object Place

Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 19.5 x 29.5 cm (7 11/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper