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The meeting of eyes

  • Description

    Krishna, at a high window, and a lady (perhaps Radha), at a balcony opposite, exchange a lingering look. In his verse, the poet Bihari Lal compares the intense gaze between lovers to a tightrope stretched between the roofs of houses, on which their hearts run back and forth like acrobats.

  • Details

    Sat Sai of Bihari Lal
    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Kangra (place of creation)
    c. 1785
    Guler School (active 1720 - 1810)
    follower of Nainsukh (c. 1710 - 1778) (artist)
    Associated people
    probably Sansar Chand, Maharaja of Kangra (ruled 1775 - 1823) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    mount 55.4 x 40.1 cm (height x width)
    painting 21 x 15 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Douglas and Mary Barrett, 2013.
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  • Further reading

    Topsfield, Andrew, Indian Paintings from Oxford Collections, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum in association with the Bodleian Library, 1994), no. 35 on p. 72, p. 7, illus. p. 73


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