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Radha Crosses a River to Interview a Hindu Sage

Chokha (Indian, active 1799–ca. 1826)
ca. 1820
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
8 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (21 x 33.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
Not on view
This horizontal painting shows a bird's-eye view of a rain-drenched landscape with a large river at center. On the left bank, Krishna stands with his steed, watching Radha, his beloved, and another woman being helped across the swirling waters. Several other figures, including a gopi with a cow and a man with a large pile of linens on his head, are making their way across. There are two small islands in the river with birds on them. On the top of the right bank is a palace, and below is the large figure of a hermit seated on a tiger-skin rug in a cave and attended by a peaceful lion.
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