Indian and Himalayan Art
Arjuna and His Charioteer Krishna Confront KarnaMade in Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia
or Jammu and Kashmir, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor on cloth
Currently not on view
1975-23-1Purchased with the Edith H. Bell Fund, 1975
LabelThe final battle of the Mahabharata epic emerges in this large painting. The protagonists, painted in huge scale, confront one another across a gory battlefield. On the left the Pandava hero Arjuna sits behind Krishna, his charioteer. On the right is Karna, commander of the Kaurava army. The actual function of this oversized painting is not known, but it might have been a backdrop for a bard's sung rendition of the battle, perhaps acted out by a dancer who would use the painting to help tell the story.