Abhisarika Nayika, a Heroine Longing for Her Lover
India (Punjab Hills, Kangra)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
6 x 3 3/4 in. (15.2 x 9.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
The Indian predilection for the categorization of experience is demonstrated here by a Nayika, one of a large group of heroines who epitomize various aspects of the ardors of love. The artist skillfully arranged the shapes of the shawl so that they make a comma-shaped opening in which a portion of the shoulder and the head of the Nayika are revealed. It leads the eye toward her gaze and from there down to her flexed hand, which alone reveals her ardor.
[ H. K. Kevorkian , New York, by 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," 1999–2000.
Artist: Date: recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40 Accession Number: 220.127.116.11 Date: recto: ca. 1645; verso: ca. 1630–40Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paperAccession: 18.104.22.168On view in:Gallery 450
Artist: Date: late 16th–mid-17th century Accession Number: 22.229 Date: late 16th–mid-17th centuryMedium: Pen and ink, watercolor, gold and silver washes; paper bound in gold-tooled leatherAccession: 22.229On view in:Gallery 373