King Muchukunda Enters the Realm of Mount Gandhamadana to Attain Salvation, from the “Fifth Basohli Bhagavata Purana”

King Muchukunda Enters the Realm of Mount Gandhamadana to Attain Salvation, from the “Fifth Basohli Bhagavata Purana”

1769

attributed to Fattu

(Indian)

Gum tempera, gold, and silver on paper

Page: 30.3 x 40.7 cm (11 15/16 x 16 in.); Image: 27.1 x 37.5 cm (10 11/16 x 14 3/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.83

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The painting was turned horizontally, suggested by the upside down inscription on the verso

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According to Hindu mythology, Muchukunda, the man dressed in saffron, fell asleep in a cave and slept for thousands of years. When he finally woke up, Krishna appeared and advised him to perform penance to cleanse the accumulated sins and attain liberation. He went to Mount Gandhamadana, on India’s east coast, to practice atonement.

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