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Krishna meeting with warriors


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central India India
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    20.0 x 15.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    The beloved Hindu god Krishna was born a prince, but a prophecy foretold that his uncle Kamsa, the demon king of Mathura, would be challenged by a nephew. Kamsa then ordered the deaths of all of his sister’s sons, so Krishna was whisked away to grow up incognito in a cow-herding village. From about the 14th century, the cult of Vishnu rose to prominence and with it came changing ideas about his various incarnations including Krishna. Once revered as a warrior chef as depicted in this painting, Krishna later became a source of inspiration for Bhakti- the cult of devotion and love, symbolising spiritual union with the divine.