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  • Place of origin:

    Garhwal (Guler style, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 - ca. 1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The painting shows an episode from the story of Krishna and Rukmini, known as the 'Rukmini-Harana' or 'Abduction of Rukmini'. This scene shows Rukmini in a pavilion, listening to a messenger sent by her lover, the Hindu god Krishna. The messenger, shown with his hand raised to indicate that he is speaking, brings Rukmini the welcome news that Krishna intends to abduct her in order to prevent her marriage to another man. The bright red background accentuates the passionate feelings that Rukmini has for the absent Krishna.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, in which Rukmini is shown in a pavilion in the centre, leaning out towards a man with raised hand. A maid sits to the left of the painting. The scene is set against a bright red sky.

Place of Origin

Garhwal (Guler style, made)


ca. 1775 - ca. 1785 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 168 mm maximum, Width: 255 mm maximum

Object history note

Formerly in the Rothenstein collection.

Descriptive line

Painting, Rukmini and messenger, from a Krishna Rukmini series, Guler style at Garwhal, ca. 1775-1785

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 83, cat. no. 12
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Servant; Pavilion; Man


Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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