Lotus-clad Radha and Krishna
- Not on display
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This painting shows the dark-skinned Hindu god Krishna and his beloved Radha. Clad in pink lotus petals, they gaze tenderly at one another. The intense passion Radha feels for Krishna is a metaphor for a devotee’s desire for union with the divine. While the painting can be interpreted as an intimate moment of lovers at play, it also refers to the common practice of 'flower dressing’ (phulsajya) when religious images are adoringly dressed. The heavily outlined, elongated eyes and somewhat fleshy chins of the figures are typical features of early 18th-century Mankot painting.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011.
- Place of origin
- circa 1700-1710
- Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
- opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
- 21.9 x 16.2 cm image; 28.6 x 21.3 cm sheet
- Purchased 2007
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