May 24, 2016

Krishna and the Cowherds Dive into the River, from a Rasikapriya

Krishna and the Cowherds Dive into the River, from a Rasikapriya

c. 1640

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Page: 20.6 x 17.8 cm (8 1/8 x 7 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.126


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The boys are shown in subtly different sizes to convey their movement through space.


Krishna and seven cowherds (gopas) playfully jump into a river, depicted as a wavy tricolor band that divides the composition diagonally in half. Krishna and four others are already airborne, while three get ready to jump. Radha and her friends witness this feat in amusement from a marble platform. The milkmaids are fully dressed, while Krishna and the cowherds are wearing kaupina loincloths.

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