Ink, opaque and transparent watercolor, and gold on paper
18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (47 x 33.7 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1996
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
As a nayika (archetypal heroine), this figure personifies the ideal of feminine beauty as conceptualized in Indian devotional poetry of the period. She strums a tanpura and wears elaborate jewelry and sheer textiles, clearly placing her as a member of the court. At the same time, there is the allusion that she is Radha, the divine consort of Krishna, who was important to these Kishangarh patrons.