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Krishna Loosens His Beloved's Belt

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Obverse: on margin, no. 101; at top, in Devanagari, Nayak Satha. Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: "The cunning lover won the confidence of his doe-eyed nayika by decorating her braid with garlands, painting floral designs on her forehead with sandal-paste, putting armlets on her upper arms, and placing a necklace of pearls on her breast. Winning the confidence of the fawn-eyed lady he slyly loosens the knot of her skirt, with his soft hand, on the pretext of touching her belt." no. 101


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

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

Satha Nayaka (the Deceitful Hero)

Indian, Pahari, about 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 23.3 x 33cm (9 3/16 x 13in.) Other (Without borders): 17.9 x 27cm (7 1/16 x 10 5/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor, silver, gold and beetle wing on paper