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

Artist:
Sa Nana
Period:
Early Rajput -Chaurapanchasika style
Date:
ca. 1520–30
Culture:
India (Delhi-Agra area)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 6 3/4 in. × 9 in. (17.1 × 22.9 cm) Sheet: 7 in. × 9 3/8 in. (17.8 × 23.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin N. Haas, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.238
Not on view
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.
Signature: Inscribed "Sa Nana", the artist whose name is known from other pages of the manuscript; the significance of the word Sa is unknown.

Inscription: Obverse, top of page has a line of text which includes the name of the artist Sa Nana; reverse has three lines of text.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of the Art of India from the Museum's Collections," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selections for the Opening of The Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries," 1994.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Paintings," 1994–95.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrations of the Bhagavata Purana," 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Manuscripts in India: Late 13th–early 17th Century," 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Krishna: Mythology and Worship," March 1, 2008–July 28, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Hindu Court Painting," July 17, 2013–September 8, 2013.

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