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Krishna Points Out to Balarama the Descent from the Sky of Two Chariots Carrying Celestial Weapons
Page from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana (10:50)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia
or made in Basohli, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Asia

c. 1760-1765

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Image: 10 15/16 × 14 15/16 inches (27.8 × 37.9 cm) Sheet: 11 7/8 × 16 1/8 inches (30.2 × 41 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of William P. Wood, 1976

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After Krishna kills King Kansa, Kansa's father-in-law attacks Mathura with his own powerful army. As Krishna and Balarama await the battle, two glowing chariots descend from the sky carrying the brothers' eternal, celestial weapons-a bow and sword for Krishna, a plough for Balarama. Krishna urges his brother to mount the chariot and battle this unjust king.