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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


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Uttar Pradesh 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



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history