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Hindi inscription (transliteration see paper file) in translation: "Megha malara has entered on the path of love, and the clouds have assumed full measure of glory, Love has taken bow and arrow in hands, and Desire is considering in her heart the battle of love, She lays a loving hand on her breast, and turning her face, awakens her darling's love. Both are hardy and valiant fighters, both are well matched and neither yields, Both are alike in beauty of form, the tender girl and the lusty youth. Hear the tale of love, the passionate pleasure of union, Only if you look with the eyes of love will you see the true tincture of love!"


Bought in Bombay, then given to the MFA in 1915 by Denman Waldo Ross.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Indian, Rajasthani, mid-18th century

Object Place

Jaipur, Rajasthan, Northern India


24.4 x 17.3 cm (9 5/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor on paper; repainted, gold added