Bhima Slays Jarasandha: Page from a Bhagavata Purana Manuscript
Northern India, Delhi or Agra region
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper
6 3/4 x 9 1/16 in. (17.1 x 23 cm)
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1985
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
This painting is from a series illustrating climactic moments in Book 10 of the Bhagavata Purana, which celebrates the exploits of the young Krishna. The composition depicts Bhima slaying the evil ruler of Magadha, King Jarasandha, who is torn apart in a wrestling match, witnessed by Krishna. The work belongs to one of the earliest known Sultanate-period illustrated Hindu manuscripts, distinguished by the use of intense flat color and a distinctive figure-type with wondrous pronounced eyes.