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AN ILLUSTRATION TO A NAYIKA SERIES: VIPRALABDHA NAYIKA
AN ILLUSTRATION TO A NAYIKA SERIES: VIPRALABDHA NAYIKA

KANGRA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1820-30

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AN ILLUSTRATION TO A NAYIKA SERIES: VIPRALABDHA NAYIKA
KANGRA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1820-30
Opaque pigments and gold on paper, a lady in gold embroidered white dress stands beside a bed of leaves casting off her jewelled armlets, as she is tired of waiting for her lover, who has not arrived, under a blue sky with stars and full moon, with blue borders with gilt arabesques and yellow margins, mounted
Painting 8 x 5¾in. (20.2 x 14.8cm.); Folio 11 x 8 7/8in. (28.1 x 22.4cm.)

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Described by Bharata (dated 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD) in his treatise on the performing arts, Vipralabdha Nayika is one of the ashta nayika or "eight heroines," which represent the eight different types of relationships the romantic heroine (nayika) can have to her hero.
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