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Kama and Rati Witness the Reunion of Krishna and Radha, Page from a Gita Govinda Series

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
The Gita Govinda is a poem written by the twelfth-century poet Jayadeva. It describes the tumultuous love between the god Krishna and the milkmaid Radha. With its melding of romantic and religious sentiments, the Gita Govinda explores an important form of bhakti (devotion), in which a worshipper’s intense relationship with god is compared to a passionate love affair. This illustration from the poem shows Krishna three times: alone; cavorting with a group of women; and then finally reunited with his beloved Radha.
CULTURE Indian
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
DATES 1714
DIMENSIONS sheet: 10 x 16 15/16 in. (25.4 x 43.0 cm); image: 8 7/8 x 15 5/8 in. (22.5 x 39.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.136.6
CREDIT LINE Gift of Anthony A. Manheim
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Indian. Kama and Rati Witness the Reunion of Krishna and Radha, Page from a Gita Govinda Series, 1714. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 10 x 16 15/16 in. (25.4 x 43.0 cm);. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anthony A. Manheim, 1999.136.6 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.136.6_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1999.136.6_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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