Five Poses of Krishna Making Love, from a Bikaner Bhagavata Purana

Five Poses of Krishna Making Love, from a Bikaner Bhagavata Purana

c. 1600

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Miniature: 17.5 x 25.4 cm (6 7/8 x 10 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.187

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Krishna can be seen making love on a swing in the central circle.

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When the Hindu god Vishnu incarnated as his human avatar Krishna, he spent his youth in a cowherd village. When he reached adolescence, the milkmaids were all drawn to him. A passage in the text explains that Krishna miraculously multiplied himself so he could be with each one individually, so they could experience the bliss of divine union.

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