Description As they make love, this couple gazes intently at one another, locking eyes. The inscription at the top of the page describes the scene as “kissing both eyes,” and indicates that it belongs to a series of pictures depicting erotic positions. The couple’s jewelry and the man’s headdress suggest that they belong to the royal house of Kotah. By painting the man blue, the artist associates him with Krishna, the blue-skinned god, who is celebrated as a great lover and worshiped as the supreme deity.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Sharma, New Delhi, India [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, August 1984, by purchase.
Inscriptions At top; [Transliteration] 14 citra āsana ko du caśmī cuṃban karto; [Translation] Fourteenth picture on (erotic) positions: kissing both eyes
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2013
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