Krishna Steals the Clothes of the Cowgirls (Gopis)

In this image taken from both popular accounts and the Bhagavata Purana, Krishna has stolen the clothes of cowgirls (gopis) who are bathing in the Yamuna River, a tributary of the Ganges River. He refuses to return their clothes, the purple saris seen hanging high in the tree, until they come out and bow to him with folded palms.

Black ink, watercolor, and tin paint, with graphite underdrawing on paper


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