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Sudama and Krishna

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Garhwal (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 - ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting in opaque watercolour on paper, depicting Sudama put to bed. On the left, Krishna is lulled to sleep by female musicians, while Sudama is put to sleep after a kindly reception on the right. An illustration to a Krishna Sudama series, Bhagavata Purana.

Place of Origin

Garhwal (made)


ca. 1775 - ca. 1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Object history note

Purchased from the Eric Dickinson collection in 1952.

Descriptive line

Painting, Krishna, girl musicians, Sudama, painted in opaque watercolour on paper, Garhwal, ca. 1775-1790

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

p. 113, cat. no. 7 iii
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

Painting from a Krishna-Sudama series
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Garhwal, Punjab Hills
c. 1775-90
Having arrived at Krishna’s palace, Sudama is lulled to sleep by the god. Krishna is also seen conversing in a distant turret and reclining on
a bed to the left, while a maidservant fans him and musicians play beneath. Later, on returning to his hovel, Sudama is astonished to find it has been replaced by a golden palace. [27/9/2013]


Opaque watercolour; Water-colour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Musicians; Palace; Deity; Women


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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