Krishna approaches Radha, folio from a Rasikpriya

Radha, seated on a balcony, gazes at Krishna as he approaches. Lush trees and a stormy sky in the background.

Artist: Nuruddin
Historical period(s)
dated 1690
Bikaner school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 19 × 14 cm (7 1/2 × 5 1/2 in)
India, Rajasthan state, Bikaner
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


balcony, India, Krishna, Radha, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, Rasikapriya

To 1967
Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner [1]

From 1967 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December [2]

From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim


[1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December 1967, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records, as relayed by Catherine Glynn Benkaim.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi India, Bikaner
Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
Catherine Glynn Benkaim


Radha, seated on a balcony, gazes at Krishna as he approaches. Lush trees and a stormy sky in the background.


Verso: in nagari script: rasakpriya nur mahmad ja 4 sam [vat] 1747 [? yeh?] sudi am 3
The Rasikpriya by Nur Muhammad in vs. 1747/1690 c on the third day of the moonlit half of the month of [?]. [no.] 14
A verse in a second hand: sri….prabhav 6.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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