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Pavilion with Krishna paintings

  • loan
  • Description

    This formal composition shows the facade of a small palace pavilion, with nine painted scenes of the exploits of the young Krishna. From lower right: Vishnu reclines on the snake Shesha; Brahma bows before Krishna; Krishna suckles to death the demoness Putana; and saves the cowherds from the forest fire. From upper right: he slays the buffalo and horse demons; drags the heavy mortar to which he was tethered; steals the bathing gopis’ clothes; and joins his favourite gopi Radha in the forest.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Kangra (place of creation)
    c. 1800
    Associated people
    probably Sansar Chand, Maharaja of Kangra (ruled 1775 - 1823) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 35.3 x 40.9 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 20.5 x 27.5 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 75 on p. 176, illus. p. 177



  • Vishnu

    Vishnu is, with Shiva, one of the two most important gods in later Hinduism. He is regarded as sustainer of the universe and maintainer of order. Assuming various forms (avatars), he restores the balance of good and evil in the world.

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