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Balagopastuti Bilvamangala

  • Object:

    Manuscript page

  • Place of origin:

    Gujarat (made)

  • Date:

    late 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and written in opaque watercolour and ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.82-1963

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, room 41, case 1A

This painting is from a Balagopalastuti manuscript, a Hindu text in praise of the youthful Krishna, whose charmingly mischievous acts in infancy are a great source of delight. The verses of this text, given over to the loving adoration (bhakti) of Krishna, inspired some of the most celebratory painting of the period. The Sanskrit text reads (in part): ‘Tightly tied by Yashoda with a cow halter to a mortar… the Butter-thief gently weeps’.

Physical description

Page recto from a manuscript of the Balagopalastuti with an image on each side, opaque watercolour and ink on paper. Krishna standing on a pedestal being enticed by a gopi. To her left stand two others, one with a jar and the other holding the infant Krishna in her arms. Sanskrit text to the left of the illustration.

Place of Origin

Gujarat (made)

Date

late 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted and written in opaque watercolour and ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 cm folio, Width: 23 cm folio

Descriptive line

Manuscript page verso, Balagopastuti, Krishna standing on pedestal enticed by gopi, opaque watercolour on paper, Gujarat, late 15th century

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

Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224. pp.32/33, no.19.

Swallow, Deborah: Arts of Asia, vol. 45, no. 5, September - October 2015, " 25 Years of the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art and the Nehru Trust", p. 92, no. 45.

Labels and date

PAGE FROM A BALAGOPALASTUTI MANUSCRIPT
Opaque watercolour, gold, mica and ink on paper. Gujarat, mid to late 15th century
KRISHNA ENTICED BY FEMALE COWHERDS
IS.82-1963
The paintings of this Hindu manuscript are in the
Western Indian style like the much more numerous
surviving Jain paintings. However, a larger space is
given to the illustrations with their lively and
expressive figures.
The manuscript has verses in loving adoration
(bhakti) of the youthful Krishna, an incarnation of the
god Vishnu. The Sanskrit text describes how the
gopis or female cowherds wish to beguile the bold
but inexperienced Krishna. [27/9/2013]
THE INFANT KRISHNA TIED TO A MORTAR
Opaque water-colour and ink on paper
Gujarat
Late 15th century

IS 82-1963

From a Balagopalastuti manuscript, a Hindu text in praise of the youthful Krishna. The verses of this text, given over to the loving adoration (bhakti) of Krishna, inspired some of the most celebratory painting of the period. The Sanskrit text reads (in part): 'Tightly tied by Yashoda with a cow halter to a mortar… the Butter-thief gently weeps'. [06/2008]

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Ink; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Krishna

Categories

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

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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