An image of Akura, having returned from Hastinapura, meets with the blue-skinned Krishna and his companions Balarama and Uddhava

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Akura, having returned from Hastinapura, meets with the blue-skinned Krishna and his companions Balarama and Uddhava, from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana

Location
Not on display
Further information

This folio is from the earliest known illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana, a popular text of 18 000 verses composed around the year 900. The verses speak about the Hindu deity Vishnu, in particular, his form as the god Krishna. This illustration relates to events in Book 10 when Akura, having returned from Hastinapura, meets with the blue-skinned Krishna and his companions Balarama and Uddhava.

Paintings from this manuscript exemplify the 16th-century Chaurapanchasika style, which is characterised by bold primary colours applied in clearly bound sections, rich patterns contrasting with flat, unpatterned areas, and figures in strict profile enlivened by exaggerated gestures and crisp, sharply pointed drapery.

Place of origin
Palam, Delhi, India
Cultural origin
Delhi-Agra region
Year
circa 1520-1530
Media
Painting, Watercolour
Medium
opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
Dimensions
17.9 x 23.6 cm
Credit
Purchased 2007
Accession number
286.2007