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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Vasakasajja Nayika with Female Attendants
Work Type
album folio
18th century
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra
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Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Pahari School, Kangra Style
20.96 x 15.72 cm (8 1/4 x 6 3/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Standing on a gold pedestal is a female figure, who may be identified as a vasakasajja nayika, or a heroine that dresses up for her lover. The nayika holds onto her long, wet, black hair. The heroine has just had a bath, which is signified by the large basin and ewer carried by one of her attendants. The other attendant holds up a flywhisk, denoting the heroine’s royal status. Kneeling before the nayika is a bare chested female attendant wearing a white skirt, who adjusts the heroine’s long, pink skirt. There are two attendants on the left, one carries a large, gold, square tray with the nayika’s red dress. The figures stand on a white terrace. Pahari School, Kangra Style.
Publication History

Stuart Cary Welch and Milo Cleveland Beach, Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks Northern Indian Painting from Two Traditions, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1965), page 45/figure 60

Milo Cleveland Beach, Mughal and Rajput Painting, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1992), p. 200, fig. 152

Exhibition History

Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks - Revisited: Northern Indian Miniatures from two Traditions, Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/31/1990 - 06/10/1990

From India's Hills and Plains: Rajput Painting from the Punjab and Rajasthan, 17th through 19th Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/1993 - 10/31/1993

Rasika, the Discerning Connoisseur: Indian Paintings from the John Kenneth Galbraith Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/1998 - 04/05/1998

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