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Krishna

Krishna is a powerful and charming prince. He often carries a flute.

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Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

June 24 - October 2, 2011

Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior is the first major museum exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism's three major deities. Presenting approximately 170 paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects that were made in India between the fourth and twentieth centuries, this exhibition serves as a brief survey of Hindu art styles as well as an examination of the Vaishnava (Vishnu-worshipping) tradition.

Special thanks to artist Sanjay Patel for his engaging avatar illustrations. Find more of his work in the Museum Shop.



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  • Krishna and Balarama as Naughty Children. (Punjab Hills), circa 1780. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 7 1/8 x 11 in. (18 x 28 cm). The Kronos Collections

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  • Infant Krishna Dancing. Eastern India (Orissa), 17th century. Brass with traces of pigment, 8 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (21.91 x 16.51 x 11.43 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Burton M. Fletcher, M.87.124

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  • Krishna Dancing on Kaliya. Southern India (Tamil Nadu), Chola period, late 10th–11th century. Bronze, 34 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (87.6 x 35 x 26 cm). Asia Society, New York, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.22

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  • Krishna Killing Aghasura. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), 19th century. Opaque watercolor on paper, 8 1/4 x 21 3/8 in. (20.8 x 31.2 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Gift of George Hopper Fitch, B84D9

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  • Krishna Fluting. Eastern India (West Bengal, Kolkata), circa 1920. Phyllite with paint, 20 x 9 x 9 in. (50.8 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with Museum Funds, 1966-122-1

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  • Infant Krishna Dancing. Southern India (Tamil Nadu), Nayak period, probably 16th century. Bronze, 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 2 in. (14 x 5.7 x 5 cm). Nancy Wiener Gallery, Inc.

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  • Braid Ornament with Krishna Fluting on a Cobra. Southern India, 18th century. Gold with rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and pearls, 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in. (5 x 5 cm). Collection of Susan L. Beningson

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  • Krishna Gazes Longingly at Radha, page from the "Lumbagraon" illustrated manuscript of the Gita Govinda. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1820–25. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 11 1/8 x 14 3/8 in. (28.25 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 72.43

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  • Rasamandala. Southern India (probably Tamil Nadu), circa 1700–1900. Bronze, 7 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. (19.7 x 15.9 x 6 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B77B5

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  • Shrine for the Worship of Krishna as an Infant (Balakrishna). Southern India (Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur region), 18th century. Opaque watercolor, gesso, gold, and jewels on cloth and wood, 24 1/2 x 27 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (62.2 x 70.5 x 8.3 cm). Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, Gift of Marilyn Walter Grounds, E302035

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  • Attributed to the Kota Master (active early 18th century). Krishna and Radha in a Grove. Northern India (Rajasthan, Kota), circa 1720. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, 7 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. (19.1 x 11.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2003 (2003.178a)

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  • Baby Krishna Tied to a Mortar. Northern India (possibly Delhi-Agra region), circa 1530. Opaque watercolor on paper, 7 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. (18.1 x 23.5 cm). Collection of Subhash Kapoor

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  • Vishvarupa. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1810–20. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 11 5/16 x 8 5/8 in. (28.73 x 21.9 cm). Collection of Eberhard Rist

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  • Infant Krishna Dancing. Southern India (Tamil Nadu), probably 16th century. Silver and gold, 2 x 1 1/4 x 1 in. (5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm). Collection of Nancy Wiener

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  • Krishna Subduing Kaliya, with Naginis Begging for Mercy. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1785. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 8 x 10 1/2 in. (20.3 x 26.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1927 (27.37)

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  • Krishna and Radha with Scenes from Krishna's Life in the Background. Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur), circa 1880. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 14 x 10 1/4 in. (35.6 x 26 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Gift of Elton L. Puffer, 2004.47

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  • Krishna Slaying Putana, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), circa 1600–10. Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, 9 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (24.4 x 30.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002 (2002.176)

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  • Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhana, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Punjab Hills), circa 1780–85. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 8 3/16 x 11 1/4 in. (20.8 x 28.7 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Gift of Lucy Rudolph, RVI 1772

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  • Vishvarupa. Northern India (Rajasthan, possibly Kota), 19th century. Opaque watercolor on cloth, 56 x 36 in. (142.2 x 91.4 cm). Nancy Wiener Gallery, Inc.

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  • Krishna Slaying the Crane Demon Bakasura, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), circa 1600–10. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 9 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (23.8 x 28.3 cm). Collection of Subhash Kapoor

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  • Krishna Swallowing the Forest Fire, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Bilaspur), mid 18th century. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 8 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (21.4 x 31.8 cm). Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, I 5025

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  • Krishna Fluting for the Gopis, page from an illustrated Dashavatara series. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Mankot), circa 1730. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 10 1/4 x 8 in. (26 x 20.3 cm). Collection of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim

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  • Krishna Fluting for the Gopis, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Gita Govinda. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Guler or Kangra), circa 1775–80. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 7 x 10 3/4 in. (17.8 x 27.3 cm). Collection of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor

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  • Krishna and Radha Exchange Clothes. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1775. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 7 5/8 x 5 3/8 in. (19.5 x 13.5 cm). Collection of Susan L. Beningson

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  • Khandita Nayika. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Garhwal), circa 1800–20. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (26.4 x 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy and Frank L. Babbott Funds, 36.251

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  • Krishna Slaying Putana. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1780. Ink and light color on paper, 10 3/8 x 14 1/16 in. (26.4 x 35.7 cm). Collection of Kenneth and Joyce Robbins

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  • Rasamandala. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Chamba area), late 19th century. Cotton embroidered with silk threads, diameter 27 in. (68.6 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with funds contributed by Ann McPhail and Marion Boulton Stroud, 1991-48-1

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  • Krishna and Radha Meeting in the Forest. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1810–20. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 11 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. (29.8 x 42.5 cm). Collection of Eberhard Rist

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  • Krishna Steals the Gopis' Clothes, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), circa 1690–1700. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 11 3/4 x 15 in. (30 x 38 cm). Collection of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim

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  • Vishvarupa. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Bilaspur), circa 1740. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 7 3/4 x 4 5/8 in. (19.8 x 11.7 cm). Collection of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim

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  • Krishna Killing Aghasura, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Central India (Malwa), 1675–1700. Opaque watercolor on paper, 9 3/16 x 14 1/8 in. (23.3 x 35.9 cm). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Gift of John and Berthe Ford, W.890

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  • Krishna and Radha Worshipped in the Dwarka Shrine. Northern India (Rajasthan, Amber), circa 1680. Opaque watercolor on paper, 13 x 9 3/4 in. (33 x 24.8 cm). Collection of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim

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  • Krishna Dancing with the Gopis, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Balagopalastuti. Western India, circa 1450–75. Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and ink on paper, 4 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (10.48 x 23.18 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by Lizabeth Scott, M.88.49

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  • Krishna, Dressed as a Woman, Approaches Radha. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bundi), second half of 18th century. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 12 5/8 x 8 9/16 in. (32 x 21.7 cm). Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, I 5913

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  • Fragment of a Textile Depicting Krishna and the Gopis. Eastern India (probably Assam), 19th century. Dyed and undyed silk, 27 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. (71.5 x 58.5 cm). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, The Robert A. and Ruth W. Fisher Fund, 94.4

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  • Krishna Steals the Gopis' Clothes, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), circa 1600–10. Ink and opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 7 15/16 x 11 1/16 in. (20.2 x 28.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001 (2001.437)

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  • Krishna Steals the Gopis' Clothes. Eastern India (West Bengal, possibly Birbhum district), 1700–1900. Terracotta, 18 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (47.6 x 47 x 7 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S171+

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  • Krishna and Radha Meet in the Forest during a Storm. Eastern India (Bengal), Mughal style, circa 1770. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (21 x 37.5 cm). Collection of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim

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  • Vasanta Ragini, page from an illustrated Ragamala series. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bundi), circa 1675–1700. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 11 13/16 x 9 3/8 in. (30 x 23.8 cm). Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, I 5696

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  • Radha, Krishna, and Their Messenger, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Gita Govinda. Northern India (Rajasthan, Mewar), circa 1720. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 10 x 16 7/8 in. (45 x 25.4 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Gift of the collection of Gursharan and Elvira Sidhu, 1990.217

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  • Radha Suffering from Malaise, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Sat Sai. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), circa 1780–90. 8 1/4 x 5 15/16 in. (21 x 15.1 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Former collection Horst Metzger, RVI 2113

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