Sacrificial Fire, from the "Tula Ram" Bhagavata Purana

c. 1720
Overall: 25.4 x 21.5 cm (10 x 8 7/16 in.)
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The sage Narada in the upper right corner plays a stringed instrument called a vina.


The evil king Kamsa organized a fire sacrifice in order to bring about the death of his brother-in-law, Vasudeva, father of the Hindu god incarnated as Krishna. The four-armed god of creation, Brahma, attends at the upper left with the sage, or holy man, Narada at the upper right.

Scholars have linked the copious floral motifs throughout this dispersed series with textile patterns. This series was created in a port city, the center of flourishing international textile trade.
Sacrificial Fire, from the "Tula Ram" Bhagavata Purana

Sacrificial Fire, from the "Tula Ram" Bhagavata Purana

c. 1720

Western India, Gujarat, Surat

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