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A Pensive Nayika (Romantic Heroine)

c.AD 1790

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library

The composition alludes to an ancient fertility motif of a lady clasping a tree to bring it to flower. However, the emphasis here is on unfulfilled love rather than actual fertility. The woman, filled with anxiety that her lover has still not arrived, grasps the tree as a kind of substitute.

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  • Title: A Pensive Nayika (Romantic Heroine)
  • Date Created: c.AD 1790
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: Kangra, India
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL In 11B.39

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