Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana Manuscript, Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, India (Rajasthan, Mewar)

Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana Manuscript

Date:
ca. 1620–30
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
7 1/16 x 14 3/4 in. (17.9 x 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.530.1a, b
Not on view
In the central palace, Krishna (blue skinned) meets Akrura. At right, Balarama (white skinned) helps Krishna with his chariot and then Balarama appears again, at far right, wandering off the page; linking these last two scenes is a river. Two minor characters run to the far left in a frame that has been squeezed into the text itself. Early Mewari paintings are often compartmentalized, with each section framing a different place or moment in time. Often, color changes reinforce the temporal divisions, and text and image are tightly intermingled.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Findlay , New York (until 1980; 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.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lyrical Visions: Paintings from North India," December 3, 2011–May 28, 2011.