An Illustration to the Gita Govinda: Krishna Adorns his beloved Radha. Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper, India, Kangra or Guler, ca. 1780, The illustration depicts Krishna tenderly trying a jeweled girdle around the waist of his beloved Radha as they both gaze longingly at each other after their tryst on the banks of the Yamuna.
The painting shows two female ascetics seated on animal skins, the traditional seat of holy men and women. The dark shading and sombre colouring are typical of painting in the Mughal province of Murshidabad in the mid-18th century.