N. C. Mehta, Lucknow, India to 1932 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N. C. Mehta, Lucknow, India in 1932 
 Object file, undated folder sheet note.
 See note 1. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
This unique scroll, over thirty-six feet long, is filled with poems and illustrations celebrating springtime, when Kama, god of love, evokes passion in the hearts of all. In eighty-four verses, the poem employs lush verbal imagery to evoke the beauty of spring, and the paintings closely follow the text. The spirited poses and angular lines of the body, the pert faces with the stylized projecting eye, and the brilliant colors of the paintings are typical of Western Indian painting in the pre-Mughal period.
- Published References
- O. C. Gangoly. Vasanta Vilasa: A New Document. vol. 2, new ed. Berlin. .
- Kapila Vatsyayan. Dance in Indian Painting. New Delhi. pl. 11, fig. 84.
- N.C. Mehta. Gujarati Painting in the 15th Century: A Further Essay on Vasanta Vilasa. London. .
- Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. History of Indian and Indonesian Art. New York and London. pl. 81, fig. 257.
- W. Norman Brown. The Vasanta Vilasa: A Poem of the Spring Festival of Old Gujarati. American Oriental Series, vol. 46 New Haven. .
- Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court. Exh. cat. Washington, 1981. cat. 1, pp. 13-14, 34,42.
- N.C. Mehta. Studies in Indian Painting: A Survey of Some New Material, Ranging from the Commencement of the VIIth Century to circa 1870 A.D. Bombay. p. 15 ff, pls. 6-7.
- Sherman Lee. A History of Far Eastern Art. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1964. pp. 24-27, figs. 9-10.
- Milo Cleveland Beach. The Imperial Image: Paintings for the Mughal Court., 2nd ed. Washington and Ahmedabad, India, 2012. cat. 3, pp. 46-7.
- N.C. Mehta. Indian Painting in the 15th Century. nos. 22-23 Delhi. pp. 61ff.
- Konrad Seitz. Origins of Orchha Painting: Orchha, Datia, Panna: Miniatures from the Royal Courts of Bundelkhand (1590–1850). 1, New Delhi, 2022. p. 82, figs. 16 and 16.
- Pratapaditya Pal. "Collecting Old Art in Modern India circa 1875-1950." In Pursuit of the Past. India. p. 151, fig. 9.15.
- Ratan Parimoo. Gujarati School and Jaina Manuscript Paintings: N.C. Mehta Collection. India. pp. 176-203.
- W. Norman Brown. The Vasanta Vilasa Manuscripts and their Interrelationships. vol. 77, no. 4, October-December 1957. pp. 257-65.
- H. I. Poleman. A Census of Indic Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. American Oriental Series, vol. 12 New Haven. cat. 5573, p. 278.
- B.N. Goswamy. The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 101 Great Works, 1100-1900. Gurgaon, Haryana, India. pp. 413-415.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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