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Nanda and Vasudeva: Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)

Master of the Dispersed Bhagavata Purana
Early Rajput-Chaurapanchasika style
ca. 1520–30
India (Delhi-Agra area)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Sheet: 7 in. × 9 3/8 in. (17.8 × 23.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Nanda, Krishna's foster father, affectionately embraces Vasudeva, Krishna's father and brother-in-law of the evil King Kamsa who threatened to kill the infant Krishna. Farmer’s wagons and a lotus-filled tank occupy the lower registers. The strong but limited palette with robust patterning and confident silhouetting of the figures are features of this early sixteenth-century Rajput style.
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