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The Death of the Demoness Putana: Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana

Date:
ca. 1610
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 6 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (16.8 x 24.4 cm); Page: 9 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (24.4 x 30.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.176
  • Description

    The evil king Kamsa sent the demoness Putana to kill the infant Krishna. Disguised as a wet nurse, she attempted to poison the god with her milk. Krishna, however, drained her breast and took away her very life breath. Here, we see him clutching the breast of the slain Putana while Yashoda, Rohini, and her baby Balarama run to help. The expressive treatment of the figures attests to contact with Mughal workshops.

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