Vasanta Vilasa (a poem on Spring) (detail)

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Historical period(s)
1451
School
Pre-Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper mounted on cloth
Style
Western Indian style
Dimensions
H x W: 1101.5 × 24.5 cm (433 11/16 × 9 5/8 in)
Geography
India, Gujarat
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1932.24
On View Location
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Handscroll

Keywords
illumination, India, Kama, poems, spring
Provenance

To 1932
N. C. Mehta, Lucknow, India to 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N. C. Mehta, Lucknow, India in 1932 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

N. C. Mehta

Label

This unique scroll, over thirty-six feet long, is filled with poems and illustrations celebrating springtime, when Kama, god of love, evokes passion in the hearts of all. In eighty-four verses, the poem employs lush verbal imagery to evoke the beauty of spring, and the paintings closely follow the text. The spirited poses and angular lines of the body, the pert faces with the stylized projecting eye, and the brilliant colors of the paintings are typical of Western Indian painting in the pre-Mughal period.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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