Episode Surrounding the Birth of Krishna, Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana Series
The Hindu god Krishna is said to have lived on earth as a prince. Krishna’s evil uncle, Kamsa, received an omen that he would be killed by a nephew, so he had all his sister’s children killed. To protect their new baby, Krishna’s parents sent him away and presented Kamsa with a decoy infant who was actually a goddess in disguise. This painting shows Kamsa smashing the infant against a rock. As soon as Kamsa kills the child, the goddess rises up from its body. The painting is from Mewar, the region surrounding the city of Udaipur, where artists made highly legible paintings that are flat and graphic.
- Culture: Indian
- Medium: Opaque watercolor on paper
- Dates: late 17th-early 18th century
- Dimensions: sheet: 10 1/8 x 15 15/16 in. (25.7 x 40.5 cm) image: 8 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. (22.5 x 37.2 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: The text on verso has no relation to the scene depicted on the recto.
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1991.180.10
- Credit Line: Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Indian. Episode Surrounding the Birth of Krishna, Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana Series, late 17th-early 18th century. Opaque watercolor on paper, sheet: 10 1/8 x 15 15/16 in. (25.7 x 40.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman, 1991.180.10
- Record Completeness: Good (63%)