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Khandita Nayika

Asian Art

Some traditions celebrate Radha as the more powerful half of the pair because she has captured the heart of God. This painting shows Radha physically elevated above Krishna. He kneels before her, begging forgiveness for a past indiscretion. Her posture and gesture indicate that she does not want to hear his pleas. This painting is from a series depicting generic types of lovers. Khandita is the wronged heroine (nayika) who must be wooed back carefully. By placing Krishna in the role of the wooer, the artist adds layers of complexity to the subject.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES ca. 1800-1820
DIMENSIONS sheet: 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (26.4 x 19.1 cm) image: 7 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. (20.0 x 11.8 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Indian. Khandita Nayika, ca. 1800-1820. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (26.4 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 36.251 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.251_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 36.251_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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