Apr 16, 2014
Apr 16, 2014

The Marriage of Pradyumna and Rukmavati, page from a Bhagavata Purana

The Marriage of Pradyumna and Rukmavati, page from a Bhagavata Purana

c. 1525–50

Gum tempera and ink on paper

Overall: 16.3 x 21.5 cm (6 7/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 1976.26



Pradyumna was the son of Krishna and an incarnation of the god of love. The scene of his marriage is in the upper register, where a Brahmin priest to the right of the pole and wearing a white lower garment and looped topknot of hair, performs the ceremony. Their arrival at the ceremony is pictured below.

The flattened spaces and bold variety of background colors are typical of a major strain of Indian paintings made before the time of the Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605), who catalyzed stylistic changes derived from exposure to Persian and European art forms.

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