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Krishna and Radha

Asian Art

Krishna is an avatar (earthly manifestation) of the blue god Vishnu. He lived the early part of his life among cowherds in the countryside. Although this image places him in a sumptuous setting, he still holds the long, narrow flute that he played in the pastures.

Gods are often worshipped together with their goddess consorts. Krishna’s female partner is Radha, whom some traditions treat as an avatar of Vishnu’s consort, Lakshmi.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor with embossed gold on paper
  • Place Made: Punjab Hills, India
  • DATES ca. 1690–1700
    DIMENSIONS sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.7 x 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS On reverse: Old Bahi account page
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Indian. Krishna and Radha, ca. 1690–1700. Opaque watercolor with embossed gold on paper, sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.7 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 37.122 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.122_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.122_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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