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The Release of the princesses, and other scenes from the life of Krishna, from a manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Tales of the Lord Vishnu)
Place of Origin: India, Madhya Pradesh state
Date: approx. 1700
Materials: Ink and opaque watercolors on paper
Dimensions: H. 7 3/4 in x W. 14 5/8 in, H. 19.7 cm x W. 37.1 cm
Credit Line: Gift of George Hopper Fitch
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 2010.321
On Display: No

Description

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Krishna's adult life remains full of heroic adventures. The lower portion of this painting depicts his rescue of a group of princesses.

Krishna entered the series of compartments and dwelling units of the demon's harem. He found there sixteen thousand and one hundred daughters of kings brought as captives. Krishna sent them all to Dvaraka in palanquins. He dispatched along with them valuable treasure as well as chariots, horses and immense wealth. Krishna also sent sixty-four white, four-tusked, swift-footed elephants.
 From the Bhagavata Purana

In the upper portion is a chronologically later scene depicting the theft of a tree from the god Indra. Krishna steals this tree at the urging of his third wife, Satyabhama. She says to him:

The enjoyers of the fruits of this tree have all their desires fulfilled thereby. The space at its foot is paved with corals, its huge trunk is all gold; it is covered with tender leaves of sapphires and the platform around it is built of shining lapis lazuli. It blossoms forth in ruby flowers and is laden with ripe fruits in the form of gemstones. It shines with the flower-filaments of diamonds. It is beautiful with hundreds of big branches of lustrous emeralds. If I am really loved by you, the tree should be taken away to our city, O Krishna. Seeing me sitting under the shade of this tree, your other queens would look upon me as your beloved-most spouse.
 From the Bhagavata Purana



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Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery
Label:

Krishna's adult life remains full of heroic adventures. The lower portion of this painting depicts his rescue of a group of princesses.

Krishna entered the series of compartments and dwelling units of the demon's harem. He found there sixteen thousand and one hundred daughters of kings brought as captives. Krishna sent them all to Dvaraka in palanquins. He dispatched along with them valuable treasure as well as chariots, horses and immense wealth. Krishna also sent sixty-four white, four-tusked, swift-footed elephants.
 From the Bhagavata Purana

In the upper portion is a chronologically later scene depicting the theft of a tree from the god Indra. Krishna steals this tree at the urging of his third wife, Satyabhama. She says to him:

The enjoyers of the fruits of this tree have all their desires fulfilled thereby. The space at its foot is paved with corals, its huge trunk is all gold; it is covered with tender leaves of sapphires and the platform around it is built of shining lapis lazuli. It blossoms forth in ruby flowers and is laden with ripe fruits in the form of gemstones. It shines with the flower-filaments of diamonds. It is beautiful with hundreds of big branches of lustrous emeralds. If I am really loved by you, the tree should be taken away to our city, O Krishna. Seeing me sitting under the shade of this tree, your other queens would look upon me as your beloved-most spouse.
 From the Bhagavata Purana



Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery