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Trysting Heroine (Abhisarika Nayika), c. 1800

Unknown (Indian, Himachal Pradesh, Chamba - c. 1800)

opaque watercolour on board
25.3 x 19 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23630)

Nayikas are heroines from classic Indian legends that are found as often in painting as in dance and drama. In her manifestation as Abhisarika, the Nayika conquers every obstacle to join her beloved. According to the emotion they express, Nayika paintings are often inserted among the pages of "ragamala" collections, in this instance in connection with Madhumadhavi Ragini.

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