Exhibitions/ Art Object

Abhisarika Nayika (Heroine Braving the Night)

ca. 1800
India (Pahari Hills, Kangra or Guler)
Ink, wash ,and translucent watercolor on paper
Image (sight): 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (16.5 x 22.2 cm) Framed: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
There are eight nayika (heroine) love stories, the most popular and frequently illustrated being the abhisarika nayika. While a storm gathers above, a woman ventures undaunted through a forest populated by snakes and demons in order to rendezvous with her lover. The storm and the hazardous landscape hint at the trials and passion of her impending encounter. This drawing typifies the refinement of the early-nineteenth-century Kangra and Guler styles.
Inscription: Kapoor Curios stamp on verso with signature of M. S. Randhawa, dated 13/3/59. Priced at 20 rupees, agreed selling price of 15 rupees.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.

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