Two Ladies on a Terrace, Folio from an Amaru Shataka (Hundred Stanzas of Amaru)

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Two Ladies on a Terrace, Folio from an Amaru Shataka (Hundred Stanzas of Amaru)

India, Madhya Pradesh, Malwa, circa 1670
Drawings; watercolors
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
8 x 5 1/2 in. (20.32 x 13.97 cm)
Gift of Jane Greenough Green in memory of Edward Pelton Green (AC1999.127.19)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Amaru was an 8th-century Sanskrit poet who composed a hundred (shataka) verses about love and its various moods....
Amaru was an 8th-century Sanskrit poet who composed a hundred (shataka) verses about love and its various moods. Here, the heroine is pining for her absent lover and discusses her melancholy mood with her confidante. See also M.71.1.16. Idealized portraits of women in conventionalized settings such as terraces and courtyards were very popular in Rajput painting. Many of these nayikas (heroines) do not represent a specific woman, but are rather intended as representations of emotional states. The nayikas usually yearn to be united with their lovers, and their yearning is seen as synonymous with the soul’s quest to unite with the divine.
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