Lady Wandering in the Forest
School of Pahari, India
Date Made/Found: about 1800
Material and Medium: gouache on paper
Dimensions: Support: 225 x 135mm
Frame: 430 x 337 x 34mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.3106
This lady is a 'Nayika', one of a range of lovers who are shown in a variety of situations. This is probably the fearless Nayika who goes to meet her lover at night ignoring the symbolic darkness and lightning.
The strong colours and thick use of paint is similar to the bodycolour as used by Western artists like the Pre-Raphaelites for example. The Indian miniatures had to be painted on layers of paper or card in order to support the weight of the thick paint.