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A Krishna tale

  • Description

    A crowned, blue-skinned figure in a yellow dhoti, possibly the god Krishna, converses with a woman bearing a dish, perhaps Radha or another of the gopis or milkmaids. Meanwhile a dark, bearded man, also crowned, crouches beside a large pink bull or cow. (This might perhaps refer to a popular comic tale in which the cowherd god Krishna, while gazing at Radha in adoration, confusedly tries to milk the bull instead of a cow). As in other pages from this group the edges are trimmed, so that only parts of a tree, a peacock and a smaller bovine are seen. The staring eyes and curious angularity of the figures and the deft fluency of the brushed outlines are typical of this distinctive folk style.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest India Gujarat (Kutch district) (place of creation)
    1750 - 1800
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    14.5 x 23.3 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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