The female figure in this portrayal, in exact resemblance of Nihal Chand's Radha, has the same elongated face, arched eye-brows, lotus-like eyes tinged in pink, though not so much as those of Nihal Chand's Radha, sharp nose, thin sensitive lips and a pointed chin. Her jet-black hair waves with a tendril-like caress over the curve of the cheek and ends in a shapely silhouette. Her face, framed within the curls of her ebony hair, is delicate and refined and her eye-brows curve like a bow. From her head to toe she has been adorned with precious jewels and ornaments and gold embroidered wrap. Save that it is taller, has deeper complexion and is differently adorned and attired, the male figure that is Krishna, too has been cast with similar features and figure. The reason is obvious. Instead of rendering beautiful figures the Kishangarh artists conceived and created their own ideal of beauty and cast their figures, male or female, under its parameters with the result that in most cases male and female faces are almost alike and the distinction is sought elsewhere, in colour of their complexion, garments, ornaments or body structures.
The Samskrit love poetry has conceived of "Padmakshi' or 'Rajiv-lochana' ideals of beauty, that is, someone who has eyes that resembled lotuses. Both Radha and Krishna in this miniature have lotus-like eyes. Besides, it is only a huge lotus that serves as their seat. He has tugged on his belt a lotus that relates him to Rajiv-lochana Vishnu who is known to always carry in one of his four hands a lotus. The couple in their amorous disposition and most private moments and mood, is seated on a white terrace. Composed with utmost subtlety of line and colour, this miniature represents most truly the classical art tradition of medieval India.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.