Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Paintings > Hindu > A Prince Painting His Beloved’s Feet with Customary Dye
Displaying 137 of 198         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
A Prince Painting His Beloved’s Feet with Customary Dye

A Prince Painting His Beloved’s Feet with Customary Dye

A Prince Painting His Beloved’s Feet with Customary Dye

Availability:
Only One in stock
Exclusive
Specifications:

Water Color Painting On Paper
Artist: Navneet Parikh

12.5 inches X 16.5 inches
Item Code:
HK49
Frame
Price:
$325.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
A Prince Painting His Beloved’s Feet with Customary Dye

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 10396 times since 3rd Sep, 2010
A Representation of Swadhinapatika Nayika under Nayika-bhed Convention

This exceptionally beautiful painting represents a lover, or a loving husband, completely dedicated to his beloved, dyeing her feet with saffron-paste, which besides being a feature of her make-up is considered most auspicious and sacred by Indian women, particularly the married ones. Supporting on his left palm and raised left knee he is upholding his beloved’s right foot and is applying to it the dye – the conventional ‘mahawara’, with his right hand. Lest it harmed her delicate feet and soft silken skin the prince seems to have alternated with the saffron-paste the customary scarlet dye containing hard chemical properties used by womenfolk in general.

Though with no ornaments on his person or any kind of adornment, except a simple gold chain with a pendant, the blue-complexioned youthful prince, clad elegantly in a single colour, saffron choga, sash and turban, with borders and sash-ends woven in gold thread, not only reveals divine grace and rare beauty but also presents a delightful contrast to his pearl-hued mistress and to her reddish purple costume. The magic of this scheme of colour-contrast works in full in the red ‘lehenga’ with wide black bottom, and green ‘odhani’ – a sheet comprising upper garment, worn by the woman standing close to the prince. This interplay of colours continues also in the background, the architecture and the rest.

Though a beautiful canopy – red with green frill and golden flower-motifs embellishing it, providing respite from the direct sun-heat, the drama is being enacted on an open terrace outside a marble pavilion. On its other side there is a garden with flowering plants and towering cypresses, and a square conically domed palace-tower. A cage with a parrot in it is hung on the pavilion’s arched door. Around the ‘chowki’ – a low-height flat sofa, on which the young damsel is seated, there lay a pot containing the saffron-paste, a jug having a spout and handle containing rose-water, and a tray carrying a bowl and a small towel on it. All utensils are made of gold and are inlaid with semi-precious stones and are enameled. The young prince is sitting on the floor before her and behind him stands the lehenga-wearing young beautiful woman, perhaps one of his beloved’s companions.

A piece of great aesthetic art portraying a delicate feeling of love, the painting is conceived as illustrating the model of Swadhinapatika Nayika under the convention of Nayika-bhed, a literary cult seeking to classify the women – ‘nayikas’, in love under different categories taking into consideration their age-group, phase of love, love-relation, love and loyalty, love and marriage etc. Swadhinapatika is the heroine who by her virtuous character and dedication wins her husband’s or lover’s admiration as also his absolute loyalty for displaying which he is always keen to do everything that pleases her. He is her perpetual companion and is bound to her by ties of love. Swadhinapatika, usually a married one, is called the loyally loved Nayika.

This painting, which seeks to reproduce in its exactness a magnificent Kangra miniature, a great style of Pahari art, datable to 1790-1800 AD., revealing same freshness, fervour and naïve simplicity, is based on a verse : fourth of the chapter seven, from the Rasikapriya, a long canonical poem by Keshavadasa, a Hindi poet of late sixteenth century from Orchha in Central India. In the Rasikapriya the ‘Nayaka’ is Krishna, and ‘Nayika’, Radha; hence in Kangra’s proto-model, the Nayaka applying saffron-paste to the Nayika has a peacock-feather crest in his turban revealing with greater definitiveness his identity as Krishna. In this contemporary work the artist has retained the figure in its exactness but deleted that peacock feather crest, perhaps for allowing to the viewer greater freedom to enjoy the painting completely in aesthetic frame beyond all theological conditions. In the Keshava’s verse, a ‘sakhi’ – companion of Radha : the woman in red lehenga and green odhani in the painting, chides Radha who, a mere cowherd girl, lets Krishna touch her feet for putting on them ‘mahawara’, while she knows well that he is the life-giver to Vraja and is venerated by Brahma and other gods and is the Lord of all three worlds.

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.


Free Shipping. Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

Celestial Nymph with Parrot Passing Message
Brass Sculpture
17.5" X 7.5" X 5.0"
10 kg
Item Code: EY64
$395.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Legendary Beauty Damayanti
Oil Painting on Canvas
Artist: Anup Gomay
47.0 inch X 35.0 inch
Item Code: OU81
$695.00
 With Frame (Add $275.00)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Self-Engrossed Beauteous Maid
Brass Statue
16.5 inch x 7 inch x 5.5 inch
4.8 kg
Item Code: ZAH96
$255.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Large Size  Looking Into The Mirror (Shringar)
Brass Statue
52" X 19.4" X 15.6"
54.5 Kg
Item Code: EQ64
$1675.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Celebration of Love: The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts
Item Code: IDE323
$50.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Basohli Paintings of the Rasamanjari
Item Code: IDE079
$27.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Shringar The Ras Raj: A Classical Indian View
by Ved Bhatnagar
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: IDI737
$60.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ujjal Nilmani by Srila Rupagoswami Pad
Item Code: IDG593
$22.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Bundi Painting
by Jiwan Sodhi
Hardcover (Edition: 1999)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: IHK097
$70.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Jammu Ragamala Paintings
Item Code: IDK002
$45.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Gita Govinda of Sri Jayadev: An Illustrated Palm Leaf Manuscript
Deal 10% Off
Item Code: IDK326
$37.50$33.75
You save: $3.75 (10%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

STATUE RECEIVED. EXCELLENT STATUE AND EXCELLENT SERVICE.
Charles, London
To my astonishment and joy, your book arrived (quicker than the speed of light) today with no further adoo concerning customs. I am very pleased and grateful.
Christine, the Netherlands
You have excellent books!!
Jorge, USA.
You have a very interesting collection of books. Great job! And the ordering is easy and the books are not expensive. Great!
Ketil, Norway
I just wanted to thank you for being so helpful and wonderful to work with. My artwork arrived exquisitely framed, and I am anxious to get it up on the walls of my house. I am truly grateful to have discovered your website. All of the items I’ve received have been truly lovely.
Katherine, USA
I have received yesterday a parcel with the ordered books. Thanks for the fast delivery through DHL! I will surely order for other books in the future.
Ravindra, the Netherlands
My order has been delivered today. Thanks for your excellent customer services. I really appreciate that. I hope to see you again. Good luck.
Ankush, Australia
I just love shopping with Exotic India.
Delia, USA.
Fantastic products, fantastic service, something for every budget.
LB, United Kingdom
I love this web site and love coming to see what you have online.
Glenn, Australia
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India