Mar 18, 2014

Yasoda with Krishna Churning Butter

Yasoda with Krishna Churning Butter

c. 1890

Gum tempera, ink, graphite, and tin on paper

Secondary Support: 51.3 x 35.6 cm (20 3/16 x 14 in.); Painting only: 45 x 27.8 cm (17 11/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.160


Did you know?

The Hindu god Krishna eats butter, like the sacrificial fire into which Brahman priests pour ghee.


Yashoda, wife of the head of the cowherd village, raised Krishna from infancy. She is shown here churning milk into butter, while the mischievous toddler Krishna tips his hand in the pot to steal the rich cream. Kalighat paintings were made for pilgrims to take home and keep on domestic shrines. Made swiftly on inexpensive paper, they are a genre of art available to a wide swath of people.

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