Unidentified Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu), Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)

Unidentified Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)

Date:
ca. 1610
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
6 5/8 × 9 3/4 in. (16.8 × 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.535
Not on view
A nobleman is about to lose his head to an enemy's sword while spectators watch in fear and excitement. The style of this painting—with its flattened forms, planes of unmodulated color, and profile figures—owes much to the indigenous sixteenth-century Chaurapanchasika style. However, the color tones are different, and the line is less calligraphic.
Steven M. Kossak , New York (until 1978; donated to MMA)
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.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Divine Pleasures: Painting from India's Rajput Courts - The Kronos Collection," June 13, 2016–September 11, 2016.