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  • Place of origin:

    Bikaner (made)

  • Date:

    1687 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nathu (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of the late Sir William Rothenstein.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a Vaishnavite yogini or female ascetic. She wears a long robe of shell-pink diapered with gold leaves and over this a cloak of green. She holds in her right hand a peacock feather fan and in the left a conch shell. Her hair is tied back in a top-knot, ornamented with a string of pearls; on her forehead is a red tika. The background is saffron yellow dissolving into bands of white, mauve and orange, in which are flights of birds, the yogini stands on a dark green hillock on a lighter green ground.

Place of Origin

Bikaner (made)


1687 (made)


Nathu (made)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Nathu ro kam s. 1744'
'The work of Nathu, 1687 A.D.'
handwritten on object; a further line is not deciphered


Height: 330 mm, Width: 195 mm, Height: 178 mm image inside innermost painted border, Width: 90 mm image inside innermost painted border

Object history note

Dehejia, Vidya (ed.) Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,1999. ISBN 8185822638/3791321293, p.386 , cat. 118.

Descriptive line

Painting, Vaishnavite yogini, by Nathu, opaque watercolour on paper, Bikaner, 1687


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Birds; Hillock; Ascetic; Jewellery


Paintings; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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