Heroine Rushing to Her Lover (Abhisarika Nayika )

The Family of Nainsukhlate 18th century

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

Ignoring all the hazards of nature -- night's blackness, pelting rain, streaking lightning above and striking cobras below -- the heroine rushes through the forest to her lover. Glancing over her shoulder she sees not her lost jewelry fallen on the ground, but the gently intertwined trees, strengthening her desire to be similarly entwined in her lover's arms.


  • Title: Heroine Rushing to Her Lover (Abhisarika Nayika )
  • Date Created: late 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w295 x h195 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/heroine-rushing-to-her-lover-abhisarika-nayika-149053
  • Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Inscription: Reverse: at center, in Devanagari: "Leaden and lowering and heavy-laden clouds -- dight in a robe of black -- dark collyrium is seen upon thine eyes. All thy limbs o'erspread with one dark hue -- thy bodice deeply dyed in dark cova. Lovely the jet-black silken robe,a nd all they gear becoming -- the black braid beauteous on they back let fall. At such times, in such a guise, when you meet your Krishna, all your efforts will bear fruit."
  • City, state, country: Kangra style, Punjab Hills, Northern India
  • Attributed to: The Family of Nainsukh

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