Women Play Music for Radha and Krishna: Chitrini Nayika, from a Rasikapriya

Women Play Music for Radha and Krishna: Chitrini Nayika, from a Rasikapriya

c. 1650

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Page: 22.9 x 16.2 cm (9 x 6 3/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.132

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Krishna wears a translucent yellow tunic (jama), tied under the right arm, which is usually the convention for Muslims.

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The idea of aesthetic appreciation as explored by the poet Keshavdas (Indian, 1555–1617) in the excerpt from his Rasikapriya written on the back of this painting is envisioned as the appreciation of music. With their arms around each other, Radha and Krishna enjoy the performance on a stringed instrument (setar), cymbals, and drum in the forest.

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