Mar 18, 2014

Baby Krishna Asking for Butter from Yashoda, from a Kalighat album

Baby Krishna Asking for Butter from Yashoda, from a Kalighat album

c. 1890

Gum tempera, graphite, ink, and tin on paper

Secondary Support: 48 x 30 cm (18 7/8 x 11 13/16 in.); Painting only: 45.7 x 28 cm (18 x 11 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.112


Did you know?

Kalighat artists made metallic pigment out of tin to look like silver.


As the incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, whose followers recognize as the deity who creates and destroys the universe, Krishna was always eating. Like time itself, which ultimately consumes everything, Krishna eats so much his foster mother Yashoda cannot believe it. When she looks in his mouth, she sees the cosmos and realizes he is not an ordinary baby.

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