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Arjuna's cosmic vision of Krishna, Rajasthan, probably Kota, circa 1850
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Arjuna's cosmic vision of Krishna, Rajasthan, probably Kota, circa 1850
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Details & Cataloguing

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Arjuna's cosmic vision of Krishna, Rajasthan, probably Kota, circa 1850

Provenance

P & D Colnaghi and Co. Ltd., London, 1978.

Literature

T. Falk, E. Smart and R. Skelton, Indian Painting: Mughal and Rajput and a Sultanate manuscript, P & D Colnaghi and Co. Ltd., London, 1978, p.70, no.79. 

Catalogue Note

This dynamic and iconic image of Krishna's cosmic form is almost hypnotic in its visual power, providing one of the most arresting and inventive images in later Rajasthani painting.

In the Bhagavat Gita the opening of chapter eleven features a request from Arjuna to witness Krishna's divine form: "Krishna responds by granting Arjuna divine sight with which he sees Krishna in the universal entirety of his countless celestial, mystic, and earthly forms" (Falk 1978, p.70). Krishna is shown with multiple heads and limbs, his body made up of humans, animals, birds, serpents, demons, other gods, rocks, rivers and trees, symbolising the entire contents of the universe, with an image of the blue-skinned god over the navel. The detail is remarkable and rewards close examination. The intense cosmic presence of Krishna's divine form is surrounded by various figures relevant to the story. The figure style in general is that of Kota in the mid-nineteenth century, and the massed troops at lower right and lower left are dressed in armour and helmets typical of Kota at that date, as are the horses of Arjuna's chariot in the lower centre.

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