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The nayaka and nayika united

  • Description

    In this page from the same Rasikapriya series [see EA2012.200, EA2012.202], the lovers sit conversing within a chamber, the nayaka raising his hand in the gesture of interlocution. The sakhi or confidante waits on the threshold outside and a monkey looks on. The same formalised palace setting appears, with twin flag-bearing makara (crocodile) finials projecting from the palace eaves. Such multi-domed structures reflect the Rajput palace architecture in the regions of Malwa and Bundelkhand. With its boldly simplified palette and compositional conventions, the 17th-century Malwa style retained many features of the local Early Rajput style predating the 16th-century Mughal conquest.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiacentral IndiaMadhya Pradesh Malwa (place of creation)
    c. 1640
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    20.9 x 17.8 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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