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The Hero Who Loves Another Man's Wife

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Obverse: at top, in Devanagari, short inscription (to be read) and on margin "102". Reverse: at top, in Devanagari, two lines: "Fear of detection does not permit the eager lovers' gaze to meet. Scared of the jingling sound of the armlets, they desist from embracing. They kiss each other's lips without the contact of their teeth. Their union is hushed, too. Such a love is indeed empty of joy." 102


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

Upapati Nayaka

Indian, Pahari, 1660–70

Object Place

Basohli, Punjab Hills, Northern India


Overall: 23.5 x 32.8cm (9 1/4 x 12 15/16in.) Other (Without borders): 17.8 x 26.8cm (7 x 10 9/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

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