Sudama's Journey to Krishna's Palace
From a dispersed series of the Sudama episode of the Bhagavata Purana

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia

c. 1800-1820

Opaque watercolor with gold on paper

Sheet: 8 15/16 × 10 13/16 inches (22.7 × 27.5 cm) Image: 7 1/8 × 9 1/8 inches (18.1 × 23.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Reduced to extreme poverty, Sudaman was sent by his wife to seek the help of Lord Krishna. Sudaman went to the god's palace and, overwhelmed with the joy of meeting Krishna, left without asking for aid. Upon returning home, he found his hut transformed into a wonderful mansion. This painting beautifully portrays Sudaman's journey. He appears in the foreground wearing ragged clothes and carrying a walking stick, engaged in the long trip to see Lord Krishna. His goal—Krishna's golden palace—appears high on the hill, a metaphor for the spiritual journey that every Hindu devotee must undertake to be close to God.