Heroine Arranging Her Hair while Awaiting Her Lover (Vasakasajja Nayika) Artist: Mughal School (1526–1857)

early 19th century

Asian Art

Not on view

The bedroom setting and the figure’s suggestive posture and state of undress indicate that this woman is preparing for an evening with her lover. This image is one of the eight nayikas, archetypal states illustrating the relationship between a woman and her beloved, which are glorified in Sanskrit literature and the visual arts.

Medium

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions

6 × 7 7/8 in. (15.2 × 20 cm)
matted (matted): 19 1/2 × 14 1/2 in. (49.5 × 36.8 cm)

Credit Line

Yale University Art Gallery

Accession Number

1974.91.9

Geography
Culture
Period

Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Object copyright
Additional information

Object/Work type

human figures (visual works)

Subject

hair heroine lover

Signed

n.s.

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