Krishna Kills Kansa
Page from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana

Artist/maker unknown, India

Geography:
Made in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia

Date:
c. 1740-1750

Medium:
Opaque watercolor on paper

Dimensions:
Image: 5 1/16 × 12 3/8 inches (12.9 × 31.4 cm) Sheet: 5 1/4 × 12 7/16 inches (13.3 × 31.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1988-77-5

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1988

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The culminating events of young Krishna's life are depicted in this single illustration. Krishna and his brother Balarama have entered King Kansa's wrestling ground and are attacked by two huge wrestlers named Chanura and Mushtika. At the top left, Krishna battles Chanura, who then lies dead on the ground. Meanwhile, Balarama battles and kills Mushtika. Next, prominently depicted in the center of the page, Krishna grabs Kansa by the hair and pulls him from his seat high in a palace window. As Kansa's turban (said to be his crown in the text) falls off, Krishna leaps on top of him and kills him. The brothers then enter the palace and, at far right, release Krishna's parents Devaki and Vasudeva from Kansa's prison.