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Asian Art
Artist: Mughal School, 1526–1857

Heroine Arranging Her Hair while Awaiting Her Lover (Vasakasajja Nayika)

early 19th century

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

6 × 7 7/8 in. (15.2 × 20 cm)
matted (matted): 19 1/2 × 14 1/2 in. (49.5 × 36.8 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery
1974.91.9
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.
Geography: 
India
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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