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Folio from a Rasikapriya: Mugdha Nayika. Malwa, circa 1660. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 22.8 x 16.7cm
Provenance: the private collection of the Swiss artist and pioneering scholar in the field of Indian art history, Dr Alice Boner (1889-1981)
An illustration of Mugdha Nayika, the Rasikapriya of Keshav Das. In the translation by Bahadur, K R, 1972, p.28:At first the mugdha does not lie
*The term maid here fits that of of a confidante (in this instance acting as a go-between) rather than a maidservant
Thanks to the kindness of Tarun Pant for identification of the manuscript and translation of inscription.
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