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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1972.72
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Krishna and the Cowherds, Radha and the Gopis
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1775-1780
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216458
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Pahari Style
Dimensions
26.19 x 37.78 cm (10 5/16 x 14 7/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith
Accession Year
1972
Object Number
1972.72
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The painting can be divided into three vignettes. In the top right is Krishna, the eighth avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu who is worshipped as a deity in his own right, amongst his fellow cowherds and their cows. In the bottom right, is Radha, Krishna’s consort holding up a lotus blossom. The lotus is an attribute of both Krishna and Vishnu. She is with her fellow gopis (milkmaids). On the left is a village scene, which is dominated by a female figure spinning yarn and facing an elderly woman with a baby. Pahari Style.
Exhibition History

Himalayan Art: Art of the Divine Abode, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/22/2022 - 05/08/2022

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