A Heroine Waiting for Her Paramour: Vasakasajja Nayika, from a Nurpur Rasikapriya

A Heroine Waiting for Her Paramour: Vasakasajja Nayika, from a Nurpur Rasikapriya

c. 1750

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 28.4 x 20.2 cm (11 3/16 x 7 15/16 in.); Image: 24.4 x 16.7 cm (9 5/8 x 6 9/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.116

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The deer are depicted in a pair to highlight the Nayika’s separation.

Description

Vasakasajja has been described as Nayika who arranges the bed for making love. She is seated on a bed of leaves by a pond, anxiously waiting for her lover. The painter has faithfully followed the poet’s description of the scene and depicted the fair-complexioned Nayika radiating against the otherwise dark surrounding, illuminating the tryst.

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