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Title

Akura, having returned from Hastinapura, meets with the blue-skinned Krishna and his companions Balarama and Uddhava , from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana

circa 1520-1530

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Palam Delhi India
    Cultural origin
    Delhi-Agra region
    Date
    circa 1520-1530
    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
    Copyright

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  • 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 Akura, having returned from Hastinapura, meets with the blue-skinned Krishna and his companions Balarama and Uddhava.

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications