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Krishna approaches Radha, folio from a Rasikpriya

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At A Glance

  • Period

    dated 1690
  • Geography

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 19 × 14 cm (7 1/2 × 5 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

  • School/Tradition

    Bikaner school
  • Description

    Radha, seated on a balcony, gazes at Krishna as he approaches. Lush trees and a stormy sky in the background.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: in nagari script: rasakpriya nur mahmad ja 4 sam [vat] 1747 [? yeh?] sudi am 3
    The Rasikpriya by Nur Muhammad in vs. 1747/1690 c on the third day of the moonlit half of the month of [?]. [no.] 14
    A verse in a second hand: sri….prabhav 6.
  • Provenance

    To 1967
    Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner [1]
    From 1967 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December [2]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    [1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December 1967, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records, as relayed by Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi (India, Bikaner)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • Type

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