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The Hero Pining for Another Man's Wife

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Obverse: at top, in Devanagari, number 111. Reverse: long inscription in Devanagari: "I remember how she had accepted my unspoken request with her surprised sidelong glance, lit up as if by an inner smile, when I had approached the path of the sweet-eyed woman and stood there, on a pretence, as she was going to the pool for the pleasure of playing in the water." Also short inscription in Takri.


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

Proshita Upapati Nayaka

Indian, Pahari, 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 21.8 x 31.7 cm (8 9/16 x 12 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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