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Praudha Adhira Nayika (The Mature Heroine Without Self-Control)

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Obverse: at top, inscription of Praudhaadhira then recopied. Reverse: "When the daughter of the King of Mountains (Parvati) saw her reflection in the Moon on Lord Shiva's forehead, she mistook it for another nayika sporting with the Lord. So in anger she raised her trembling hand, adorned with glittering bracelets, to reproach her lord."


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

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

Indian, Pahari, 1694 or 1695

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, India


Image: 19 x 29 cm (7 1/2 x 11 7/16 in.) Framed: 16 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (42.5 x 52.7 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, gold, and beetle wing on paper