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Caption: A Maid's Words to Radha Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Rasikapriya Central India (Malwa), 1634 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 8 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (21.3 x 16.8 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.51

Label: This page is from one of the earliest illustrated versions of the Rasikapriya, a Hindu text that describes the many stages of a romantic relationship using the love affair between the god Krishna and his beloved, Radha, as an example. It depicts a dejected Radha sitting in front of her bedroom, being admonished by one of her confidantes. The empty bed indicates that this is one of the many times when Radha has refused to see Krishna because she believes that he has been unfaithful. The text at the top, in a regional form of Hindi called Braj, quotes the friend, who asks Radha what joy there is to be had in denying herself the god’s beauty and charm. The painting is in the classic style practiced in central India, featuring flat planes of bright color and an economy of means to depict highly emotional situations.

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