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Head of Krishna: cartoon for a mural of the Raslila

Artist:
Attributed to Sahib Ram (active reign of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, 1778–1803)
Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Jaipur)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
27 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (69.2 × 47 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.85.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
This drawing is thought to have been a preparatory study for a mural. Although it first served as a pounce— its lines were pricked with tiny holes to allow the image to be transferred to a wall—it was later reworked into a finished drawing by Sahib Ram, who strengthened its outlines, whited out areas he wished to change, and brushed Krishna’s skin and clothing with luminous washes of watercolor. The drawing is based on an earlier work by the artist Sahib Ram that shows a dancing girl dressed as Krishna.
[ Ananda K. Coomaraswamy , Boston, until 1927; sold to MMA]
New York. China House. "Indian Paintings, Eleventh to Twentieth Century," May 3, 1956–May 25, 1956.

New York. Asia House Gallery. "Rajput Painting," November 29, 1960–January 30, 1961.

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 Court Painting: 16th–19th Century," March 25, 1997–July 6, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting," 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mughal Influence in Rajasthani Painting," 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from the Courts of North India: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Krishna: Mythology and Worship," February 9, 2004–May 9, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan, 1650–1850," February 15, 2005–July 3, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan," 2007.

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

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