A Courtesan and Her Lover Estranged by a Quarrel: Page from a Rasamanjari series

The Rasamanjari (Essence of the Experience of Delight) is a series of late fifteenth-century poems that subtly categorizes amorous situations, moods, and physical traits of women. In this image, the half-open doorway alludes to the lover’s hasty departure from the palace of his mistress. The marble gateway with darkened portal visually separates the two and forms a visual metaphor for their rift. Unlike earlier versions of this theme, in which the nayaka (lover hero) is represented as Krishna, here that role is played by a princely figure, adding heightened realism to the scene.

Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper


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Devidasa of Nurpur (active 1680–1720)

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

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