Mar 19, 2014

Krishna Stroking Radha's Feet (verso), from a Kalighat album

Krishna Stroking Radha's Feet (verso), from a Kalighat album

c. 1890

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Gum tempera, graphite, and ink on paper

Secondary Support: 47.6 x 29.2 cm (18 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.); Painting only: 45.4 x 27.9 cm (17 7/8 x 11 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.133.b



Appeased by Krishna’s flattery, Radha sits in a chair coyly holding the cloth covering her head. According to popular stories about the couple, Radha often experiences longing for him while they are separated and jealousy for his love affairs with other cowgirls (gopis). Here Krishna is imploring her to forgive him for his transgressions.

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