Posted on: 15 April 2013

Digital Rare Book:
Le Gita-Govinda: Pastorale de Jayadeva
By M. Gaston Courtillier
Published by Ernest Leroux, Paris - 1904
In French

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An illustration from a Gita Govinda series

Attendants prepare the bashful Radha for her tryst with Krishna in the woods.

Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image 5 3/4 by 9 3/8 in. (14.6 by 23.8 cm.)
circa 1780
India, Kangra or Guler


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No, the caption is wrong. According the verse at the back, the females of the house come to see the newly wed bride to notice the love-marks on her person after spending first night with her husband. This Guler painting is based on Sundar Sringar poem.