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Episode Surrounding the Birth of Krishna, Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana Series

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor on paper
  • Place Made: Rajasthan, India
  • 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.
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1991.180.10
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.180.10_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1991.180.10_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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