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Folio from a Nayaka Nayika bheda. Agains a bolster and scattered cushions a loving couple, partially undressed, entwine as they drink wine on a palace terrace. Hyderabad, circa late 18th century. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 17.9 x 11.9cm
Provenance: Doris Wiener, New YorkNayika Nayaka bheda refers to the classifications of romantic moods and situations experienced by lovers which inspired Indian poets to write long poems such as the Rasikapriya of Keshav Das (circa 1591); these in turn provided inspiration to the artists of Rajput painting workshops.
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Above: gilt detail reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm