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Taking of the Toll, Dana-lila

Taking of the Toll, Dana-lila

c. 1760

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Page: 26 x 20 cm (10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.86


The god Krishna has stopped the cowherd women on their way to bring milk and yogurt to the Brahmin priests. He pretends that he is a landowner and is demanding a toll tax from the women. His lover Radha playfully raises her hand to smack him.
Both Radha and Krishna wear conical headdresses associated with minority groups in the western Himalayas, which visually relocates them to Chamba where this painting was made. In the background herdsmen coax the cows to move along—work that Krishna should be doing instead of flirting with the women.

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