Dark blue inner foliate design margins with white ruled lines and red-flecked pink outer borders.
The central figure depicted as Krishna wearing a peacock-feathered crown and accompanied by Balarama and his sister Subhadra. His arms are crossed on his chest. This pose also relates to Pahari images of another Vishnu avatar - the Buddha - where we may similarly note folded arms, frontally viewed with a meditative expression and a bejeweled pendent necklace. A slightly earlier painting which has been attributed to Nainsukh of Guler depicts an example of the Buddha Avatar, front view and cross-armed, attended by two brahmin priests; see J. Cummins, Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior, New York, 2011, pp. 233-4, cat. 141-2. Nainsukh had also notably executed an important and innovative group of portraits of his patron Balwant Singh of Jammu who was often similarly depicted frontally.
For two earlier Pahari paintings of the Buddha avatar, see J. Cummins, Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior, New York, 2011, pp. 233-4, cat. 141-2.
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