Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana Manuscript

In the central palace, Krishna (blue skinned) meets Akrura. At right, Balarama (white skinned) helps Krishna with his chariot and then Balarama appears again, at far right, wandering off the page; linking these last two scenes is a river. Two minor characters run to the far left in a frame that has been squeezed into the text itself. Early Mewari paintings are often compartmentalized, with each section framing a different place or moment in time. Often, color changes reinforce the temporal divisions, and text and image are tightly intermingled.

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