Krishna Presenting a Gem to Radha

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Krishna Presenting a Gem to Radha

Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Kishangarh School

Object Creation Date
circa 1970s

Medium & Support
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

8 7/8 in x 12 3/8 in (22.5 cm x 31.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Harry and Rose Jacobs

Subject matter
In this contemporary rendition of miniatures depicting the life stories of the Hindu God Krishna, the blue-bodied Krishna is shown in a pavilion, embracing his beloved Radha. The attendants standing by could be Radhas sakhis (friends/ companions) or other gopis (cowherd girls) who feature prominently in Krishna paintings. The elongated eyes are a distinctive feature of the Kishangarh style of miniature painting.

Physical Description
In this contemporary miniature, Lord Krishna is shown embracing his lover Radha. A number of adoring attendants watch the scene gleefully. Some sit, others stand, some hold garlands, whereas others look on in contemplation. A pool and fountain are depicted in the foreground, and a white colored palace forms the backdrop of the scene. The setting seems to be an open-air garden or forest-like environment.

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