Krishna Stealing Curds

Krishna Stealing Curds

late 1700s

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Overall: 27.7 x 19.3 cm (10 7/8 x 7 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1966.28

Exhibition

Life and Exploits of Krishna in Indian Paintings (Indian art rotation)

Did you know?

Krishna’s brother Balarama holds a snake, since he is an incarnation of Vishnu’s cosmic serpent.

Description

As a toddler growing up in a rural cowherding community, Krishna loved to eat the dairy products his parents attempted to keep out of his reach. With bold rounded contours and modeling, the blue-skinned Krishna totters precariously on a ladder, while his irate foster mother brandishes a stick at him.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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