Krishna’s Earthly Ties, Page from a Dispersed Bivamangalastava

This work presents the devotional vision of Amar Singh II, who sits in the upper left. An inscription along the top, drawn from the devotional text of the Bivamangalastava, states: On earth there are in all probability only three hitching posts for the elephant called Murari (a name for Krishna): the wooden mortar, the mind of the ascetics, and the budlike breasts of milkmaids. The central elements of this passage appear in the image: the blue figure of Krishna, dragging a mortar, approaches his foster mother, Yashoda, while below, an ascetic sits on the riverbank near the elephant Murari.

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper


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