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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Krishna and Pradyumna battle the Demon Nikumbha who assumes the form of a bird, India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Krishna and Pradyumna battle the Demon Nikumbha who assumes the form of a bird, India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Krishna and Pradyumna battle the Demon Nikumbha who assumes the form of a bird, India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
painting: 32.3 by 42.4cm.
leaf: 36.7 by 47cm.
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 19 March 2008, lot 209.
Ex-private collection, Germany.
Acquired from the Royal Library of Mandi in 1969.

Catalogue Note

The present and two following illustrations are from the Vishnu Parva of the Mahabharata which recounts the struggle between Krishna and the demon Nikumbha.

Nikumbha abducted a Yadava princess named Bhanumati causing Krishna, Arjuna and Pradyumna to mount a rescue effort. Here the demon assumes the form of a giant bird who holds the hapless damsel in his talons as he darts across the skies, all the while dodging the shower of arrows from the three warriors who are in hot pursuit. For another illustration from the same series see Sotheby's New York, September 19, 2006, lot 15.

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