Krishna and Balarama within a Walled Palace: Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)

The miniaturized scale of this highly structured painting is interesting for its narrative complexity. Processions of warriors, charioteers, and horsemen depart in four directions, while at the center, inside the fortified pavilion, sit Krishna and his brother Balarama. Blurring the boundary between the narrative and the devotional use of this painting is the veneration of an image of Krishna and his beloved, Radha, by a group of women who sit in the top room of the pavilion.

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper


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