The Gopis Plead with Krishna to Return Their Clothing Folio from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu) series
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Image: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (17.1 x 24.8 cm); Page: 7 15/16 x 11 1/16 in. (20.2 x 28.1 cm)
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001
Not on view
One of the most popular stories of the Krishna legends, this rendering reflects the subimperial Mughal style that evolved in Bikaner and some other Rajput courts. The artist has employed a limited color scheme, redolent of the indigenous Rajput style, and combined that with landscape elements of Mughal derivation. The translucent treatment of the water is a new innovation, again reflecting an awareness of Mughal naturalism.
Inscription: Inscribed in devanagari on verso: vastraharan (stealing of clothes); numbered: an 56, with another number (43) and deleted Bikaner State stamp