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Scenes of Krishna, Radha, and her companion, and the poet Jayadeva

  • Description

    Composed by the 12th-century Sanskrit poet Jayadeva, the Gitagovinda describes in impassioned verses the love between the god Krishna and Radha, his favoured consort among the gopis or milkmaids of the Braj country near Mathura. The dispersed series to which this page belonged was the first commission carried out by Sahibdin as court painter to Maharana Jagat Singh I of Udaipur (r.1628-1652). In successive scenes, Radha describes to her sakhi (companion or confidante) how Krishna converses with her, embraces her, adorns her braided hair with flowers, and makes love to her. Yet the text may suggest, unconventionally, that Krishna is all the while confusing Radha with her sakhi, with whom he is currently enamoured. Below, the poet Jayadeva is shown reciting his verses to the accompaniment of cymbals.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthansouth Rajasthan Udaipur (place of creation)
    Sahibdin (active 1628 - 1655) (artist)
    Jayadeva (active 12th century) (author)
    Associated people
    Jayadeva (active 12th century) (subject)
    probably Jagat Singh I, Maharana of Udaipur (ruled 1628 - 1652) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    31 x 23 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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