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This painting was chosen
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Caption: Utka Nayika Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), late 18th century Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 9 13/16 x 7 9/16 in. (24.9 x 19.2 cm) Brooklyn Museum. A. Augustus Healy Fund and the Frank L. Babbott Fund, 36.241

Label: This unfinished painting offers valuable information about the traditional techniques for creating Indian miniatures. Where the figure has not been painted, we can see the artist’s underdrawing on top of a priming coat of white. The drawing is very clean and precise, in thin, brush-drawn lines. The setting has been partially completed, with loose layers of pigment onto which details have been painted: the leaves on one tree, the stars in the sky. It is likely that lower-ranking artists took care of the background, while a master painter would have finished the main figure. The unpainted paper around the edges would have been covered with margins (either a thick coat of paint in a single color or strips of decorated paper).

The painting depicts a woman awaiting the arrival of her lover amid the dangers of the wilderness, represented by the jackal.

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Women slightly favor this painting.

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