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Navagunjara, a Universal Form of Krishna

Date:
ca. 1835
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Jodhpur[?])
Medium:
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 10 1/4 x 8 in. (26 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Gift, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.240
Not on view
This colored drawing depicts a rare form of Krishna, Navagunjara, consisting of nine (nava) animal parts. In the Mahabharata, the Navagunjara form of Krishna (an avatar of Vishnu) appears to Arjuna after he has thrown down his weapons before the god. The painting is on European laid paper with an 1830 watermark of Waterman and Sons.
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