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Krishna, with Narada, Discussing Religious Writings
Krishna, with Narada, Discussing Religious Writings with Ascetics, Kings and Pilgrims

ca. 1720
8 x 14 5/8 in. (20.3 x 37.1 cm)

Unknown, Indian
Indian

Full Title:Krishna, with Narada, Discussing Religious Writings with Ascetics, Kings and Pilgrims
Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold and silver paint on beige paper
Credit Line: Gift of Helen H. Reiff in memory of Robert F. Reiff
Accession Number: 1983.35
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This painting portrays the Hindu deity Krishna as a philosopher-prince conversing about religious doctrines with other royals, who are shown on pedestals of descending size according to their rank. Other characters include sages and pilgrims who appear in regular order on a horizontally-oriented rectangular panel. The simplified linear treatment of the figures and the limited color palette of red, green, yellow and black relate this Hindu work to the painting tradition of the Jain religion, which comprised ascetic vows undertaken by both monks and laymen. These paintings feature hieratically-organized figures and text on palm-leaf surfaces that were then gathered into books.

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"Oriental Miniatures & Illumination," Maggs Brothers, London, June 1977. no. 41

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Krishna
Eighth incarnation of Vishnu

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