Krishna and the Golden City of Dwarkafrom the Harivamsha (Geneology of Vishnu)

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Maker(s)
Artist: Probably designed by Kesu Kalan (active ca. 1570–1604) Painted by Miskin (active late 1570s–ca. 1604)
Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, ca. 1585
Movement
Mughal Court
School
Mughal School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 34.9 x 23.2 cm (13 3/4 x 9 1/8 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1954.6
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
city, Harivamsha, India, Krishna, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), nasta'liq script, Reign of Akbar (1556 - 1605), worship, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Kevorkian Foundation

Label

The painting represents the mythical city of Dwarka, where the blue-skinned Krishna, an incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu, is enthroned on a golden palace and surrounded by his kinsmen. A pastoral scene in the foreground evokes a familiar village setting and a sense that the gods are present in everyday life.
This manuscript was painted for the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605) who was quite interested in other religions. Akbar had translations made of major Hindu texts, including the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata (Great Story of the Bharatas), known in its Persian translation as Razmnama (Book of Wars). This page is from a section appended to the Razmnama known as the Harivamsa (Genealogy of Vishnu), which narrates of the life of Krishna.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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