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The Heroine Whose Desires are Apparent, Page from a Rasikapriya Series

Asian Art

MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Place Made: Rajasthan, India
  • DATES ca. 1660-1690
    DIMENSIONS sheet: 9 1/2 x 6 15/16 in. (24.1 x 17.6 cm) image: 9 x 6 3/8 in. (22.9 x 16.2 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS V. Desai explains that the Braj text, in Devanagari script, in the panel at the top, relates to the title of the Rasikapriya verse (ch. 3, v. 38): The Madhya Padurbhuta type of nayika whose sensuous desires have become apparent. Today I happen to see one such gopi [who is so unique for her features that] she does not look like a daughter of an ahir [i.e. a cow-herd]. Her bodily charm is such that it is not found in others, and having seen her once you feel like seeing her always. With one of her winks [full of amorous glances], the whole of the charm of the three worlds could be showered. Who could be the husband of such a beauty, the moon [Kalanidhi] or Kama, the god of love, or Krishna? (Trans. S. P. Tewari, with V. N. Desai)
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    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
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    CAPTION Indian. The Heroine Whose Desires are Apparent, Page from a Rasikapriya Series, ca. 1660-1690. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 9 1/2 x 6 15/16 in. (24.1 x 17.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.125.3_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
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