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Keshava Das's "Rasikapriya": The Nayaka and the Dutika

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Inscription

On obverse, on scroll in image, in Devanagari: "For one cut off from union, who is deprived of his darling, there is no good confort; In return for love, O Sakhi, is separation merited?" (trans. AKC).

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA in 1921, possibly from Ananda Coomaraswamy. (Accession Date: June 2, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund

The love letter

Indian, Mughal, Mughal period, about 1615

Object Place

Northern India

Dimensions

Overall: 10.7 x 13.3 cm (4 3/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.1322

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Books and manuscripts