Krishna Abhisarika Nayika, from a Rasikapriya manuscript

Krishna Abhisarika Nayika, from a Rasikapriya manuscript

c. 1615-25

Color on paper

Miniature: 12.1 x 12.7 cm (4 3/4 x 5 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.166

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The mistress of the protagonist offers her rival a betel leaf to calm her down.

Description

Two women quarrel outside a house while the Nayaka (hero protagonist) watches from a safe distance. The woman wearing a red scarf appears to be the Nayaka’s wife or beloved, who has just realized her partner’s infidelity. In a fit of anger, she strangles the other woman, who would be the Nayaka’s mistress, and raises a leg to kick her.

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