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Krishna Observes Radha “Half Hidden, Half Revealed”

This is an illustration to a collection of love poems called the Sat Sai (Seven Hundred Verses) by the poet Bihari Lal Chaube (1595–1664). The young woman, Radha, has visited Krishna on the pretext of borrowing curds for fermenting milk. The poem for this miniature is as follows:

The unmatched brilliance of her earrings shines through her thin garment;
It seems as if a leafy branch of the Tree of Paradise is glittering on the ocean.
She looked at me smilingly, after turning back from the door-step;
She came to take curds, but she planted her love in my heart.

Indian
Punjab Hills, Kangra
Krishna Observes Radha “Half Hidden, Half Revealed
ca. 1785
Colors and gold on paper
7 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. (18.7 x 13.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.9.4