Scene based on the eighth chapter of Keshvadasa's Rasikapriya poetry. Here, a lovelorn nayika, or lovely lady, is comforted by her sakhis, or ladies-in-waiting. They fan her, massage her feet and prepare henna or lac to paint her feet.Kangra, Pahari, circa 1800.The National Museum, New Delhi 60.1664
Scene based on the eighth chapter of Keshvadasa's Rasikapriya poetry. Here, a lovelorn nayika, or lovely lady, is comforted by her sakhis, or ladies-in-waiting. They fan her, massage her feet and prepare henna or lac to paint her feet.
Kangra, Pahari, circa 1800.
The National Museum, New Delhi 60.1664
Barber's wife preparing a nayika, or lovely lady, for a tryst with her lover. She prepares a paste of red lac dye or henna with which to paint her lady's feet.Miniature Pahari painting, Kangra, circa 1780Dr. and Mrs. William K. Ehrenfeld, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Barber's wife preparing a nayika, or lovely lady, for a tryst with her lover. She prepares a paste of red lac dye or henna with which to paint her lady's feet.
Miniature Pahari painting, Kangra, circa 1780
Dr. and Mrs. William K. Ehrenfeld, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
A maid attempts to rub the red dye off the soles of a nayika, or lovely lady's feet, mistaking her naturally rosy colour for faded lac dye. Miniature, ascribed to a Master of the first Generation after Nainsukh of Guler, circa 1790-1800Museum Rietberg ZurichCollection of Eva and Konrad Seitz
A maid attempts to rub the red dye off the soles of a nayika, or lovely lady's feet, mistaking her naturally rosy colour for faded lac dye.
Miniature, ascribed to a Master of the first Generation after Nainsukh of Guler, circa 1790-1800
Museum Rietberg Zurich
Collection of Eva and Konrad Seitz

Romantic Connotations of the Foot

Foot care

Traditionally an Indian woman devotes as much attention to her feet as she does to her face and hair. Feet are bathed and rubbed with scrubbers to remove ingrained dirt and rough skin. They are massaged with scented oils for pleasure and relaxation as well as to maintain a healthy body. The soles are stained red with lac dye or henna. For special occasions the upper foot is painted with elaborate designs and ornamented with jewellery.
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