Woman Preparing to Meet her Lover from the Kavipriya of Keshav Das

Historical period(s)
Sisodia dynasty, ca. 1640
Mewar Court
Rajput School
Opaque watercolor on paper
H x W: 25.1 x 21.6 cm (9 7/8 x 8 1/2 in)
India, Mewar, Rajasthan state, Udaipur
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Page
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Manuscript folio

India, lovers, Sisodia dynasty (861 - 1947), woman
Provenance research underway.

Hindu texts frequently use romantic imagery to evoke the longing of the individual soul for union with the divine. The Kavipriya (Poems of the Beloved), written in the late sixteenth century, describes possible emotional situations that arise between lovers. Here a woman prepares herself in eager anticipation of meeting her beloved--a very human situation, but in this case also a metaphor for the worshipper preparing to meet with god.

Published References
  • Harsha V. Dehejia. Rasikapriya: Ritikavya of Keshavdas in Ateliers of Love. .
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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