AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE HARIVAMSA: KRISHNA AND HIS COMPANIONS ARE JOINED BY THE GODS AS THEY CELEBRATE ON THE BANKS OF THE YAMUNA
India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
This illustration from the Krishnalila highlights Krishna's divinity and his status as a supranormal being within the epic stories. Here, as Krishna and his companions are engaged in joyous revelry on the banks of the Yamuna, even the Gods, seen seated in a row on the upper right, join the celebration and are enchanted by Krishna's music.
Opaque watercolor on paper heightened with gold
folio: 14 3/4 by 19 in. (37.4 by 48.2 cm.), unframed
image: 13 1/4 by 17 3/8 in. (33.6 by 44.2 cm.)
Sotheby's New York, March 19, 2008, lot 214.
Private German Collection.
Acquired from the Royal Library of Mandi in 1969.