Sakhi Persuades Radha to Meet Krishna, from the "Lambagraon" Gita Govinda (Song of the Cowherd) of Jayadeva

Sakhi Persuades Radha to Meet Krishna, from the "Lambagraon" Gita Govinda (Song of the Cowherd) of Jayadeva

c. 1820-1825

Ink and color on paper

Overall: 24.1 x 32.1 cm (9 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.); with borders: 25.4 x 30.3 cm (10 x 11 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.334

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According to the text, Krishna softly plays his flute and weaves his beloved Radha's name into the melody.

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Krishna makes a bed of leaves for a secret tryst, and, in the middle, he spies on his beloved Radha, in orange and gold, and her sakhi, which means "confidante" in Sanskrit. This painting illustrates a scene from a poem in which a devotee imagines being god's lover, in order to feel more viscerally the emotional fervor of devotion.

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