Krishna and Radha Avoid Embarrassment: Mottaita Bhava, from a Rasikapriya

Krishna and Radha Avoid Embarrassment: Mottaita Bhava, from a Rasikapriya

c. 1640

Gum tempera and gold on paper

21.5 x 17.2 cm (8 7/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.125

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Double-sided leaves are rare among painted Rasikapriya sets.

Description

The double-sided leaf is based on the theme of embarrassing situations avoided by trickery. Both sides are presented with the same composition and color palette, indicating the unity of emotion felt by the hero and the heroine. The paintings in concert with the verses explore a complex emotion experienced by lovers, its causes, and how it causes the lovers to react.

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