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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

MUGDHA NAYIKA: A MESSENGER SPEAKS TO KRISHNA
A FOLIO FROM THE RASIKAPRIYA OF KESHAV DAS
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

MUGDHA NAYIKA: A MESSENGER SPEAKS TO KRISHNA
A FOLIO FROM THE RASIKAPRIYA OF KESHAV DAS
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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MUGDHA NAYIKA: A MESSENGER SPEAKS TO KRISHNA
A FOLIO FROM THE RASIKAPRIYA OF KESHAV DAS
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 7 1/4 by 6 1/4 in. (18.4 by 15.8 cm)
folio: 9 1/4 by 6 3/4 in. (23.5 by 17.2 cm)
India, Mewar, Udaipur, circa 1670-80
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Provenance

Acquired early 1990's

Catalogue Note

An ardent blue-skinned lord (nayaka) listens to the message of a sakhi (confidante) from his beloved Radha.  He presents a mudra (hand gesture) as he intently listens - he grasps a slender column to steady himself.  They formally sit within a chamber of a turreted pavilion.  His nayika (beloved) sits holding her veil on a couch in another pavilion, hesitatingly looking away, but thinking of him.  A cat walks below.

The inscription at the top reads: 

"The nayika’s eye brows have grown and have become arched  and seem to dance  
Her waist is still slim but her buttocks have become larger
She is more thoughtful in her speech and there is hesitation in her eyes
Her gait has become steady                 
O! Krishna you need to be patient for a little while longer as youth has driven out innocence from her ripening breasts." 
(translation by Harsha Dehejia) 

Other folios from this important dispersed series are in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum - see A. Poster et al., Realms of Heroism: Indian Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1994, p. 209–11, cat. 162–4, the Government Museum, Udaipur; the National Museum, New Delhi; Bharat Kala Bhavan, Benares and other public and private collections worldwide.

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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