Krishna Quells the Snake-Demon Kaliya, from a Bhagavata Purana

Krishna Quells the Snake-Demon Kaliya, from a Bhagavata Purana

c. 1710

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 40.8 x 23 cm (16 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.); Miniature: 36.9 x 19.1 cm (14 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.141


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The snake-demon Kaliya holds a flower in his mouth for Krishna.


The painting depicts Krishna dancing and playing his flute on the hood of the serpent Kaliya. The two wives of Kaliya stand in devotion to Krishna. The townsfolk of Braj look at the scene in horror from the bank of the river. Kaliya’s underwater abode is also depicted in the form of a royal chamber.

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