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Krishna and the cowherds at dust

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kangra (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brush drawing in ink on paper, with watercolour details

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Brush drawing in ink on paper, partly tinted in watercolour, with colour notes throughout. Krishna returns with his fellow cowherds to Gokula at the hour of dusk. Krishna plays his flute, to the accompaniment of a drum and flute played by his companions, while others drive forward the cattle as they pass through a doorway into the inner garth. Women returning with filled water pots from the well stand to watch him pass, and from the windows of the surrounding houses other women look down and some point to the god. Upon a housetop to the left is a company of musicians.

Place of Origin

Kangra (made)


early 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brush drawing in ink on paper, with watercolour details

Object history note

IM.223 to 240-1924 were bought for £20 for the group.

Descriptive line

Brush drawing, Krishna and the cowherds are observed bringing the cows home, ink on paper, Kangra, early 19th century


Ink; Paper; Paint; Watercolour; Paint


Drawn; Painted

Subjects depicted

Musicians; Women; Deity; Herders; Town


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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