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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.106
People
Unknown Artist
Title
A Young, Sword-Bearing Krishna with Three Attendants (pounce
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217488
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink on paper; Rajput Style, Kota School
Dimensions
17.4 x 11.8 cm (6 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1969 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1969.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.106
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
At the center of the page is a young figure of Krishna, the eighth avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu who is worshipped as a deity in his own right. He wears an elaborately decorated turban which is topped with a lotus, a symbol of Vishnu. His piety is also signified by the faintly-drawn halo with emanating rays behind his head. Krishna wears a long robe (jama) with a flowing skirt, pendants, an earring, and Khadau sandals, which distinctly elevates the heel and front of the foot. Three attendants follow Krishna, each carrying various accoutrements that symbolize Krishna’s elevated status: an umbrella (chhatri), fly whisk, peacock feather fan, and a quiver full of arrows. Small holes can be found outlining some of the figures. The holes represent a transferring technique known as pounce. Powder, such as graphite or chalk, is passed through the holes onto a clean working surface to give an exact copy of the image that is to be copied. Rajput Style, Kota School.

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