The Heroine Whose Desires are Apparent, Page from a Rasikapriya Series
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
sheet: 9 1/2 x 6 15/16 in. (24.1 x 17.6 cm)
image: 9 x 6 3/8 in. (22.9 x 16.2 cm) (show scale)
V. Desai explains that the Braj text, in Devanagari script, in the panel at the top, relates to the title of the Rasikapriya verse (ch. 3, v. 38):
The Madhya Padurbhuta type of nayika whose sensuous desires have become apparent. Today I happen to see one such gopi [who is so unique for her features that] she does not look like a daughter of an ahir [i.e. a cow-herd]. Her bodily charm is such that it is not found in others, and having seen her once you feel like seeing her always. With one of her winks [full of amorous glances], the whole of the charm of the three worlds could be showered. Who could be the husband of such a beauty, the moon [Kalanidhi] or Kama, the god of love, or Krishna? (Trans. S. P. Tewari, with V. N. Desai)
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Indian. The Heroine Whose Desires are Apparent, Page from a Rasikapriya Series, ca. 1660-1690. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 9 1/2 x 6 15/16 in. (24.1 x 17.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.3
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