Rati, the Goddess of Erotic Love, Takes Aim at Krishna, from a Rasikapriya

Rati, the Goddess of Erotic Love, Takes Aim at Krishna, from a Rasikapriya

c. 1660

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 31.8 x 26 cm (12 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); Miniature: 26 x 23.5 cm (10 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.183

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Most of the white pigment has flaked off of this painting.

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In a brightly lit chamber, the heroine (nayika) confers with her confidante (sakhi), perhaps to convey a message to Krishna, who sits in a grove near a lotus pond at the lower right. In the lower left corner, Rati shoots a flower arrow at Krisha to smite him with love for the nayika. The empty bower in the upper right awaits the lovers’ tryst.

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