Krishna talking with a confidante of Radha from the Rasikapriya

Krishna kneels on an orange mat in a glade beside a pool with the girl standing before him in conversation. Radha kneels on a yellow mat in the sky above as if in Krishna’s thoughts. A pink-flowered creeper entwines about the trunk of a tree on the right, and a cobra approaches its base. The border is red with the inscription on the reverse.

Maker(s)
Artist: Nuruddin
Historical period(s)
1683
Movement
Bikaner Court
School
Rajput School
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (painting): 19.2 × 13.7 cm (7 9/16 × 5 3/8 in)
Geography
India, Rajasthan state, Bikaner
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1991.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album leaf with painting

Keywords
child, India, Krishna, lovers, Radha, Rasikapriya, snake, tree, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1971
Doris Wiener Gallery, New York [1]

From 1971 to 1991
Carter Burden, New York purchased from Doris Wiener Gallery, New York in 1971 [2]

1991
Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, The Carter Burden Collection of Indian Paintings, March 27, 1991, lot no. 22: “An Illustration to the Rasikapriya: Krishna Talking with a Confidante of Radha who is Visualized above with Another Companion” [3]

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC purchased at auction, “The Carter Burden Collection of Indian Paintings,” Sotheby’s, New York, March 27, 1991, lot no. 22, “An Illustration to the Rasikapriya: Krishna Talking with a Confidante of Radha who is Visualized above with Another Companion” through Andrew Kahane, Ltd., Oriental Art [4]

Notes:

[1] See invoice from Doris Wiener Gallery, Inc., dated March 25, 1971 to Carter Burden, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Sotheby’s, New York auction catalogue, The Carter Burden Collection of Indian Paintings, from the sale of March 27, 1991.

[4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office. See also correspondences with Andrew Kahane, Ltd., Oriental Art in the object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Doris Wiener Gallery
Carter Burden
Sotheby's (New York)

Description

Krishna kneels on an orange mat in a glade beside a pool with the girl standing before him in conversation. Radha kneels on a yellow mat in the sky above as if in Krishna's thoughts. A pink-flowered creeper entwines about the trunk of a tree on the right, and a cobra approaches its base. The border is red with the inscription on the reverse.

Inscription(s)

Inscription: On reverse with the date V. S. 1740 and the name of the artist Nuruddin.

Published References
  • The Carter Burden Collection of Indian Paintings., 1991. lot 22.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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