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Krishna and Balarama Take a Meal of Rice Boiled in Milk
Page from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana (10:42)

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: 9 1/2 × 13 5/16 inches (24.1 × 33.8 cm) Sheet: 11 3/4 × 15 7/8 inches (29.8 × 40.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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On reaching Mathura, the blue-skinned god Krishna and Balarama take a casual stroll to see the arena where the tournament will be held. There, however, Krishna accidentally breaks King Kansa's great sacrificial bow and the brothers destroy an army of demon guards, earning them instant renown. Deciding it is best to await the tournament outside the city walls, Krishna, Balarama, and the cowherds pitch their tents, eat a quiet meal of sweet rice, and comfortably fall asleep.