Krishna's Earthly Ties, Page from a Dispersed Bivamangalastava

India (Rajasthan, Mewar)

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This work presents the devotional vision of Amar Singh II, who sits in the upper left. An inscription along the top, drawn from the devotional text of the Bivamangalastava, states:

On earth there are in all probability only three
hitching posts for the elephant called Murari [a name
for Krishna]: the wooden mortar, the mind of the
ascetics, and the budlike breasts of milkmaids.

The central elements of this passage appear in the image: the blue figure of Krishna, dragging a mortar, approaches his foster mother, Yashoda, while below, an ascetic sits on the riverbank near the elephant Murari.

Krishna's Earthly Ties, Page from a Dispersed Bivamangalastava, Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper, India (Rajasthan, Mewar)

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