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Recto: The Gopis beseech Krishna to return their clothes; Verso: Sketches of heads

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On reverse, in Devanagari (translated by Coomaraswamy): When Lord Krishnaji said, 'It is your sin that ye bathed in the river naked on the day of your fast': (then) having taken to heart the Lord's admonition, they made obeisance."


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, second quarter 19th century

Object Place

Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 14.9 x 22.8 cm (5 7/8 x 9 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Rough preliminary drawing: graphite and ink on paper




Drawings / Watercolors