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.
- Culture: Indian
- Medium: Opaque watercolor on paper
- Dates: late 18th century
- Dimensions: sheet: 9 13/16 x 7 9/16 in. (24.9 x 19.2 cm) image: 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (18.4 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 36.241
- Credit Line: A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Indian. Utka Nayika, late 18th century. Opaque watercolor on paper, sheet: 9 13/16 x 7 9/16 in. (24.9 x 19.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 36.241
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)