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Krishna playing the flute among the gopis while the demon Madhu sits on the riverbank

circa 1690


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Krishna playing the flute among the gopis while Jambavan sits on the riverbank
    Place where the work was made
    Madhya Pradesh India
    Cultural origin
    circa 1690
    Media category
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    26.0 x 20.5 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2021
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number

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  • About

    Krishna is a Hindu deity and much-loved avatar of Vishnu. He is adored for his miraculous deeds and playful irreverence. He grew up incognito as a cowherd (gopa), spending much of his time flirting with the milkmaids (gopis) of the village. Set on the banks of the lotus-filled Yamuna river, this painting shows blue-skinned Krishna charming four gopis with his flute playing, while the bear king, Jambavan looks on.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Elemental, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 2022–2024

  • Provenance

    Maggs Bros. Ltd., London/England, offered in the sale of "Oriental Miniatures and Illumination", purchased by Jim Masselos.

    Jim Masselos, 2021, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2021.