Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Page: 16.9 x 20 cm (6 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.); Miniature: 14 x 17.8 cm (5 1/2 x 7 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.127
The white Balarama slayed two of Rukma’s followers with his plow.
Krishna eloped with Rukmini against her brother Rukma’s will. Rukma, in the striped tunic (jama), soon chased him down and challenged him to a battle. Knowing that Krishna would murder her brother, Rukmini pleaded with Krishna to spare his life, so Krishna tied his hands with a piece of cloth, and Krishna’s brother Balarama later freed him.
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