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Krishna and the Kshatriya Maidens Proceed to Dvaraka: page from a Bhagavata Purana series

Sa Nana

Period:
Early Rajput -Chaurapanchasika style
Date:
ca. 1520–30
Culture:
India (Delhi-Agra area)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin N. Haas, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.238
  • Description

    In this episode from the Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu), we see Krishna, Satyabhama (one of his wives), and the 16,100 Kshatriya maidens he has rescued (all of whom he later weds), departing the demon Naraka's home in Assam to journey across northern India to Dvaraka, in western India. The ladies travel in regal style, in a convoy of palanquins (upper register), Krishna and his wife on a carriage drawn my mules. This series marks the maturity of the early Rajput style, and witnessed its dissemination to workshops in northern India.

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