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)
India (Pahari Hills, Guler or Kangra)
Ink and wash on paper
Image (sight): 10 3/8 x 9 in. (26.4 x 22.9 cm)
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Not on view
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.