AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE HARIVAMSA: KRISHNA FROLICKING WITH GOPIS IN THE YAMUNA
India, Kangra or Guler, circa 1820
Krishna is seen engaged in water-sports with his companions and gopis in the Yamuna. Each of his companions is pictured with his consort - Arjuna with Subhadra, Balarama with Revati, Pradyumna with Rati - but the playful and universally adored Krishna is seen multiple times, identifiable by his saffron-colored robes, each time in the company of a separate consort.
Opaque watercolor on paper heightened with gold
folio: 15 by 19 in. (38.1 by 48.2 cm.), unframed
image: 13 3/8 by 17 1/4 in. (34 by 43.8 cm.)
Sotheby's New York, March 19, 2008, lot 215.
Private German Collection.
Acquired from the Royal Library of Mandi in 1969.