An image of Folio from a dispersed series of the 'Bhagavata Purana'

Unknown Artist

Folio from a dispersed series of the 'Bhagavata Purana'

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 the blue-skinned Krishna, together with his companions Balarama and Uddhava, visit the nobleman Akrura.

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.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Place of origin
North India, India
Cultural origin
probably Uttar Pradesh
circa 1520-circa 1530
Painting, Watercolour
opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
17.9 x 23.6 cm
Purchased 2007
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