Radha awaits Krishna from the Rasikapriya>

Historical period(s)
Sisodia dynasty, ca. 1640
Movement
Mewar Court
School
Rajput School
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 25.7 x 21.6 cm (10 1/8 x 8 1/2 in)
Geography
India, Mewar, Rajasthan state, Udaipur
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Page
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1991.91
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
fountain, India, Krishna, lovers, moon, Radha, Sisodia dynasty (861 - 1947), woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The Kavipriya(Poems of the Beloved), a Hindi poem written in the late sixteenth century, describes, as does the Rasikapriya, the various emotional situations that arise between lovers.  Painters often featured Radha and the god Krishna, the quintessential lovers, in place of secular figures.  Here, beneath a crescent moon, a friend receives Krishna and shows him to the bedchamber where Radha awaits him.  The romantic imagery is meant to evoke the longing of the soul for union with the divine.

Published References
  • Harsha V. Dehejia. Rasikapriya: Ritikavya of Keshavdas in Ateliers of Love. .
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.