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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

KRISHNA REVEALS A VISION OF NARAKA TO ARJUNA: A FOLIO FROM THE MAHABHARATA
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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325

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

KRISHNA REVEALS A VISION OF NARAKA TO ARJUNA: A FOLIO FROM THE MAHABHARATA
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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KRISHNA REVEALS A VISION OF NARAKA TO ARJUNA: A FOLIO FROM THE MAHABHARATA
In this extremely finely executed depiction, Krishna and Arjuna sit on a green hillside deep in conversation.  Krishna dressed in a saffron jama (robe) and golden crown, on a carpet against a red gold-flecked bolster.  Arjuna seated in deep respect, with palms pressed and attentively listening - dressed in armor for battle, with his great bow slung over his shoulder.  Krishna reminds Arjuna that he has a choice, but with consequences.  His duty is to face battle whether desired or not. 

Krishna holds one hand out before him with palm open - the other hand held back with closed fist.  He presents Arjuna with a fearsome vision of Naraka (Hell) reserved for those who forsake their duty - to test his devotion.  Shaivite rishis and sages meditate near their hermitages.  The four chariot horses of Krishna stand ready to depart with them for battle.  Against a serene bright blue sky, as white puffs of clouds pass above.  The painting executed with great clarity, depicting an iconographically complex subject. 

With black inner margins with mauve/pink outer borders with purple ruled lines.


Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 5 3/4 by 9 in. (12.7 by 23 cm)
folio: 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 in. (20.3 by 28 cm)
India, Pahari, Garwhal, circa 1820-30
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Provenance

Acquired circa 1986

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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New York