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The Indignant Hero

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Obverse: at top, in Takri, "Manisatha" (= sulky rogue) and on side margin, number 107. Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, verse translated by Coomaraswamy: "Driving him out, your voice (fell) like a thunderbolt upon his heart, when he heard these words of yours he hastily went forth. Leaving very early, avoiding the argument, his face distorted by grief, with down-cast sulky looks, in such guise I have seen the Lord of your Soul." and number 107.


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

Mani Satha Nayaka

Indian, Pahari, 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 23.2 x 32.1 cm (9 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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