Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Not on view
This painting depicts a famous scene from the many childhood exploits of Krishna, a much-loved avatar of Vishnu. The infant Krishna, while in the protective care of pastoral foster parents, encountered numerous dangers sent by the evil king Kamsa. In this scene, a demon, disguised as a wet nurse, is sent to kill Krishna with her poisonous milk. Krishna discovers her intention and suckles her until she expires. Krishna’s half-brother Balarama and their mothers look on in astonishment. This is one of many stories that portray Krishna as the destroyer of evil.
Inscription: Inscribed in devanagari on verso: putanabadha 22; also another similar inscription, a number (18), and deleted stamp (of Bikaner State)