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Painting - Krishna dancing on the serpent Kaliya.

Krishna dancing on the serpent Kaliya.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tiruchchirappalli (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on watermarked paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Krishna, dancing on the serpent Kaliya, holding its tail in his left hand. In his right hand he holds a lotus bud. The Kalindi lake in the river Jumna is indicated by a brick surround. A nagini (wife of the serpent) stands on either side with folded hands.

Place of Origin

Tiruchchirappalli (probably, made)


ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gouache on watermarked paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription; decoration; Telugu; Telugu; Beneath illustration

'40. Krishna killing ...'
Inscription; decoration; English; Roman


Height: 22 cm, width: 18 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache on watermarked paper, Krishna dancing on the serpent Kaliya, Trichinopoly, ca. 1825.

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

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 28 p. ISBN 0944142303

cat. no. 89
Khanna, Balraj; Krishna: The Divine Lover, South Bank Centre, London 1997, ISBN 1 85332 166 4


Gouache; Paper



Subjects depicted

Snake (animal)


Hinduism; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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