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Krishna and Satyabhama Storm the Citadel of Naraka, Folio 97 from a Bhagavata Purana

Krishna and Satyabhama Storm the Citadel of Naraka, Folio 97 from a Bhagavata Purana

c. 1775

Gum tempera and ink on paper

Paper: 55.5 x 36.2 cm (21 7/8 x 14 1/4 in.); Painting only: 32.2 x 51.5 cm (12 11/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2022.45

Location

Did you know?

Krishna’s arrowheads are crescent-shaped, meaning that they have the destructive power of special mantras.

Description

At the lower right of the composition, the blue, four-armed Krishna riding on his man-eagle Garuda, in the company of his wife, has already shot three arrows and strung his fourth before his opponent, the five-headed guardian Mura has had the chance to string a single one. Krishna has breached the concentric barriers of a mountaintop fortress where the demon Naraka has imprisoned 1,600 celestial maidens.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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