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Double-sided folio from a Kokashastra manuscript: Koka arrives in Sri Lanka where soon he notices its beautiful young women. Bikaner with Jodhpur influence, circa 1780. Opaque watercolour on warqa. 15.2 x 20cm
The Kokashtra is best known for its erotic scenes and images but like the Kamasutra, the erotic is only part of its content. Here we see a prelude to the amorous adventures of the hero Koka. The text provised information that on the first page Koka has just reached Sinhaldweepa where the citadel looms in the background, heavily fortified; on the second he is now within the citadel and gazes at the young women he sees, enchanted by the beautiful eyes of a particular beauty.
Cordial relations between Bikaner and Jodhpur in the late 18th century resulted in Jodhpur elements entering the Bikaneri canon producing the hybrid style seen here, particularly with human figures as is most evident in the hero of this manuscript.
I would like to express my gratitude to tarun pant who kindly translated the text.
Ref: Bikaner Kokashatra 449-71011