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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Krishna, Arjuna and Pradyuma release a shower of arrows at the demon Nikumbha, India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Krishna, Arjuna and Pradyuma release a shower of arrows at the demon Nikumbha, India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Krishna, Arjuna and Pradyuma release a shower of arrows at the demon Nikumbha, India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
painting: 32.3 by 42.4cm.
leaf: 36.5 by 46.3cm.
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 19 March 2008, lot 211. 
Ex-private collection, Germany.
Acquired from the Royal Library of Mandi in 1969.

Catalogue Note

Here we see the penultimate scene of the battle between Nikumbha and the warriors Krishna, Pradyumna and Arjuna.

After Nikumbha proves himself immune to the multiple charges launched against him by the trio, Krishna finally summons his invincible discus the Sudarshana Chakra and aims it at the demon. The Gods and other celestial beings gather amidst the clouds above to witness this climactic scene which ends with the beheading of Nikumbha. For other illustrations from the same series see Sotheby's New York, September 19, 2006, lots 16, 17 and 18.

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