The Moon has been looming overtop of humans since before recorded history. The silent counterpart to the mighty sun, the moon is ever present in our eyes, our minds, and in our imagination. The way the moon has been weaved into different mythologies, religions, traditions, and cultures from all around the world is astounding but also not surprising, as the moon is something we all experience. This introspective look at artworks featuring the Moon strives to make comparisons between works that span centuries and many different style and mediums, all of whom share the same goal of depicting something we see every night, the Moon. 

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Nayika who casts away her jewels

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Nayika who casts away her jewels


Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
late 18th century

Medium & Support
ink, watercolor, and gold on paper

10 3/8 in x 7 3/8 in (26.35 cm x 18.73 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);10 1/4 in x 7 3/8 in (26.04 cm x 18.73 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Subject matter
The central female figure is Vipralabdha Nayika, one of eight romantic heroines in various states of a relationship. The Vipralabdha Nayika is one who is deceived by her lover. In this painting, she throws away her jewelry as a response to a missed meeting with her lover. 

Physical Description
The painting depicts a scene at night with a panel of text at the top. A central female figure sits on a rectangular carpet gazing upwardly at a male face. Three female attendants are standing beside her. A moon shines in the background. 

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