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Labdhapraudha Nayika: Lovers in a pavillion, Kama, Brahma and Sarasvati above

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Labdhapraudha Nayika: Lovers in a pavillion, Kama, Brahma and Sarasvati above

Kasam (AKA Qasim), Indian, b. 17th century

Creation date: 1750
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.790
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 7 27/32 in. x 5 1/8 in. (19.9 cm x 13 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

C.L. Naulakha, New Delhi, India ( - December 3, 1968)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 3, 1968 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

Label Copy

Temple, Palace, Mosque: 2010

The satisfied heroine
From a Rasikapriya of Keshavdas

India, Rajasthan, Bikaner
Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 1750

This painting relates to a verse in the Rasikapriya that is part of a series of descriptions of different categories of ideal women. Here, Radha is featured as the ideal example of a mature, satisfied woman who “shines with splendor before Krishna,” and in the painting the lovers gaze into each other’s eyes while aquatic divinities praise them. Keshavdas states that her form looks as though it were made by Brahma, the four-headed god of creation, who is shown perched on the horizon. Next to Brahma are Kama, the god of erotic love holding a bow and arrow made of flowers, and Sarasvati, the goddess of music and learning, his consort, who rides the swan. The poet and artist imply that Radha rivals them in her beauty, so she is depicted as ranking among them, as she shows honor to the goddess.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment , 8/14/2021 - 2/13/2022


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