A Heroine and Her Lover in a Pavilion: Page from a Dispersed Nayikabheda

ca. 1660–80
India (Madhya Pradesh, Malwa)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
8 1/2 x 6 3/16 in. (21.6 x 15.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin N. Haas, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
The extensive poetic Nayikabheda literature examines the nature of romantic interactions between idealized male (nayaka) and female (nayika) types. The related paintings translate this poetry into refined visual representations that in Malwa take on formal and iconic qualities. In this work (from the same manuscript as 1979.505), the woman’s gesture of speech or exposition indicates that the two characters are engaged in conversation, as befits the sometimes classificatory nature of the Nayikabheda.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin N. Haas , Phoenix, AZ (until 1975; donated to MMA)
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.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lyrical Visions: Paintings from North India," December 3, 2011–May 28, 2011.