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Title

Folio from a dispersed series of the 'Bhagavata Purana'


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This folio is from the earliest known illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana, a popular text of 18 000 verses composed around the year 900. The verses speak about the Hindu deity Vishnu, in particular, his form as the god Krishna. This illustration relates to events in Book 10 when the blue-skinned Krishna, together with his companions Balarama and Uddhava, visit the nobleman Akrura.

Paintings from this manuscript exemplify the 16th-century Chaurapanchasika style, which is characterised by bold primary colours applied in clearly bound sections, rich patterns contrasting with flat, unpatterned areas, and figures in strict profile enlivened by exaggerated gestures and crisp, sharply pointed drapery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011


Details


Place where the work was made

North India India


Date

circa 1520-circa 1530


Media categories

Painting , Watercolour


Materials used

opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper


Dimensions

17.9 x 23.6 cm


Credit

Purchased 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

286.2007



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Feb 2008, cover (colour illus.); 9 (colour illus.).

Yvonne Tan, Asian Art Newspaper, 'Intimate Encounters, Indian Paintings from Australian Collections', London, Apr 2008, 13(illus.).