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Radha, the Beloved of Krishna

ca. 1750
India (Rajasthan, Kishangarh)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Image: 12 1/2 x 9 in. (31.8 x 22.9 cm) Page: 18 x 12 5/8 in. (45.7 x 32.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
In this idealized portrait of Krishna's beloved, Radha, her features reflect metaphors of beauty found in Sanskrit literature: eye like a lotus flower, eyebrow like a bow, chin like a mango stone and sharp nose like a parrot's beak. This stylization stands in sharp contrast to the Mughal-influenced style, which had flourished in the small kingdom of Kishangarh two decades earlier, and demonstrates the radical aesthetic departures of the court painter Nihal Chand, who developed a distinctive "Rajput" style for his patron.
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