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Krishna Subdues the Serpent Kaliya in the Yamuna River: Illustration from a Bhagavata Purana Series

Attributed to a follower of Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78)

Date:
ca. 1780
Culture:
India (Pahari Hills, Guler or Kangra)
Medium:
Ink and wash on paper
Dimensions:
Image (sight): 10 3/8 x 9 in. (26.4 x 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.359.24
  • Description

    This continuous narrative illustrates Krishna's battle with the naga Kaliya, whose fiery poison was causing the Yamuna River to boil. At the lower left, Krishna swims playfully ahead of the writhing and envious Kaliya. At the right, it is possible to make out the climatic moment when Krishna, adored by the female cowherds (gopis) on the shore, defeats Kalia by dancing on his multiple heads.

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