An image of Circular dance of Krishna and the 'gopis'

Unknown Artist

Circular dance of Krishna and the 'gopis'

Other titles:
Rasalila, Circular dance of Krishna and the milkmaids
Location
Not on display
Further information

This painting hums with the joyous melodies and rhythms of ‘bhakti’, total surrender to Lord Krishna. Depicted is the circular dance, the ‘rasalila’, in which each ‘gopi’ imagines that Krishna dances with her alone. In the central orb Krishna and Radha dance in bliss surrounded by peacocks, each flanked by adoring peahens. In an outer ring Krishna dances simultaneously with all the other ‘gopis’, each dressed in their finest robes. Their dance is presented as a glowing mandala within a forest clearing, watched by musicians, holy men and devotees, and blessed with flower petals dispersed from heaven.

‘Goddess: divine energy’, AGNSW 2006, pg.55.

Place of origin
Bundi, Rajasthan, India
Period
India: Rajput circa 1500–1947
Year
circa 1850
Media
Painting, Watercolour
Medium
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
Dimensions
61.0 x 80.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1995
Accession number
216.1995