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  • 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. Sudama lifts his hands as he glimpses the golden palace of Krishna in Dwarka. Green wavy hills are around him and above him swirls the sea, sheltering a fish, crocodiles and green and pink monsters. Illustration to the Krishna-Sudama story, Bhagavata Purana.

Place of Origin

Garhwal (made)


ca. 1775-ca. 1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Length: 185 mm, Width: 265 mm, Length: 215 mm with border, Width: 295 mm with border

Object history note

Purchased from the Eric Dickinson collection in 1952.

Descriptive line

Painting, Sudama's road to Krishna, painted in opaque watercolour on paper, Garhwal, ca. 1775-1790

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

p. 113, cat. no. 7 ii
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
p. 127, cat. no. 111
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.

Labels and date

Painting from a Krishna-Sudama series
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Garhwal, Punjab Hills
c. 1775-90
On seeing the golden palace of Krishna in Dwarka, Sudama lifts his hands in wonder. Beyond the green rolling hills is the sea. A fish, crocodiles and water monsters swim in its swirling billows.
Krishna, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, is
a hugely popular deity. Although many of the stories depicted in Pahari (‘Hill’) painting are of his youth, the Krishna-Sudama series concerns his adult life.


Opaque watercolour; Water-colour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Journey; Palace; Crocodiles; Fish; Monsters


Paintings; Religion; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project; Animals and Wildlife; Landscapes


South & South East Asia Collection

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