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Krishna and Balarama

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Basohli (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 - ca. 1765 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque water-colour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.39-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is one of a series of illustrations to the Bhagavata Purana, a Sanskrit text whose tenth book deals with the life of the god Krishna. Krishna, blue-skinned, is shown with his brother Balarama in the centre. At the end of their tuition their guru Sandipani, shown seated with his wife, asked as his teaching-price the return of his drowned son. Krishna and Balarama drove their chariot to the coast, slew the marine demon who had killed the boy, then went to Yama, the god of death, who returned the child to them.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque water-colour on paper, Krishna and Balarama in a courtyard with the child of their spiritual preceptor, returning him to his parents. Background brownish-yellow. From a 'fifth' Bhagavata Purana series.

Place of Origin

Basohli (made)

Date

ca. 1760 - ca. 1765 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque water-colour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 238 mm, Width: 343 mm, Height: 300 mm with border, Width: 410 mm with border

Descriptive line

Painting, Bhagavata Purana, Krishna and Balarama, restoration of the child, opaque watercolour on paper, Guler style at Basohli, ca. 1760-1765

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

p. 49, cat. no. 22 vii
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

Labels and date

THE CHILD RESTORED TO HIS PARENTS FROM THE DEAD
Opaque water-colour and gold on paper
Basohli, Punjab Hills
c. 1760-65

IS.39-1960

This painting, like the adjacent two, is one of a series of illustrations to the Bhagavata Purana. Krishna, blue-skinned, is shown with his brother Balarama in the centre. At the end of their tuition their guru Sandipani, shown seated with his wife, asked as his teaching-price the return of his drowned son. Krishna and Balarama drove their chariot to the coast, slew the marine demon who had killed the boy, then went to Yama, the god of death, who returned the child to them. [06/2008]

Production Note

Guler style at Basohli

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Gold; Paper; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Deities; Parents; Child; Courtyard

Categories

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

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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