Krishna sporting with the gopis in the Jumna River, from a Bhagavata Purana

Krishna sporting with the gopis in the Jumna River, from a Bhagavata Purana

c. 1525-50

Gum tempera and ink on paper

Overall: 16.5 x 22.2 cm (6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin N. Haas 1971.171

Description

This page is from one of the earliest surviving
illustrated Hindu manuscripts from India. It
belongs to an extensive series on the life of
Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu. Shown here in blue, frolicking energetically with a bevy of
young women from the cowherder village where
he lived as a youth, Krishna is in the middle
of the composition and the center of attention.
Celestial musicians offer flower garlands and beat
percussion instruments in the skies to accompany
their passionate play. Lively gestures and bold
patterning of the water lend to the exuberance of
the scene.

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