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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1974.110
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Vipralabdha Nayika Casts off Her Jewelry into a Bed of Flowers
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1840
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper; Pahari Style, Kangra School
Dimensions
27.2 x 22.8 cm (10 11/16 x 9 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bienstock
Accession Year
1974
Object Number
1974.110
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In the center of the image is the Vipralabdha Nayika (“the Deceived Heroine”), the heroine who waited for her lover the whole night, only to be deceived by him. She throws away the jewelry he gave her as he did not keep his promise. The nayika wears a white, gold-trimmed dress and a white, gold-trimmed head scarf. She is adorned with necklaces, head ornaments, earrings, necklaces, armlets, bracelets, rings, and a nose ring. Her right arm is extended over a large bed of flowers. She removes an armlet from her right arm to cast it into the bed of flowers that already contains some of her jewelry. Behind her is a hilly landscape with various types of trees with individually-painted leaves. A large silver full moon is set against a blue sky. The reflection of the moon can be seen in the blue-grey river comprising white-lined waves. Pahari Style, Kangra School.
Exhibition History

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/07/2018 - 04/17/2019

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