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A Courtesan and Her Lover Estranged by a Quarrel: Page from a Rasamanjari series

Artist:
Devidasa of Nurpur (active ca. 1680–ca. 1720)
Date:
dated 1694–95
Culture:
India (Punjab Hills, Basohli)
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 5/8 x 12 3/4in. (21.9 x 32.4cm) Painting within rules: 6 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (17.2 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956
Accession Number:
57.51.14
Not on view
The Rasamanjari (Essence of the Experience of Delight) is a series of late fifteenth-century poems that subtly categorizes amorous situations, moods, and physical traits of women. In this image, the half-open doorway alludes to the lover’s hasty departure from the palace of his mistress. The marble gateway with darkened portal visually separates the two and forms a visual metaphor for their rift. Unlike earlier versions of this theme, in which the nayaka (lover hero) is represented as Krishna, here that role is played by a princely figure, adding heightened realism to the scene.
Inscription: Left border is written "53." - page number; flowered rug; one line of Sanskrit inscribed at top; inverted lotus used as architectural decoration.
Cora Timken Burnett 1872–1956 , Alpine, NJ (by d. 1956; bequeathed to MMA)
Gainesville. University of Florida. "Miniatures and Small Sculptures from India," April 10, 1966–May 29, 1966.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of the Art of India from the Museum's Collections," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selections for the Opening of The Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries," 1994.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Paintings," 1994–95.

Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Sakhi: Friend and Messenger in Rajput Painting," March 8, 1998–July 6, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1999–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings in the Punjab Hills," 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Hindu Court Painting," July 17, 2013–September 8, 2013.

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