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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1997.237
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Divine Field Hockey (painting, recto; text, verso), folio from a manuscript
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript folio
Date
20th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Udaipur
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/213308
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Rajput Style, Mewar School
Dimensions
39 x 57 cm (15 3/8 x 22 7/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of James E. Robinson III in honor of Stuart Cary Welch and Alve John Erickson
Accession Year
1997
Object Number
1997.237
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The recto side of this folio features a painting depicting Krishna, the eighth avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu who is worshipped as a deity in his own right, playing field hockey with a group of worshippers. A Shaivite ascetic, one who worships the god Shiva, lord of destruction, stands next to the blue-skinned Krishna. The ascetic’s identity is denoted by his long beard, patched dress, and topknot. A pastoral scene at the upper right features a female figure; Krishna’s eldest brother, Balarama; and a group of cows. Rajput Style, Mewar School.

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