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Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas Online / AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE GITA GOVINDA THUS AROSE THE LOVE OF KRISHNA AND RADHA GARHWAL, CIRCA 1780

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Lot 355
AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE GITA GOVINDA: THUS AROSE THE LOVE OF KRISHNA AND RADHA
GARHWAL, CIRCA 1780
15 – 25 March 2022, 10:00 EDT
Online, New York

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AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE GITA GOVINDA: THUS AROSE THE LOVE OF KRISHNA AND RADHA

GARHWAL, CIRCA 1780
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper.
Image: 7 x 9 7/8 in. (17.8 x 24.9 cm);
Folio: 7 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (19.3 x 26.4 cm)

Footnotes

This charming scene of Krishna and Radha in a forest bower follows the style of the famed Kangra series of 1775 (Archer, Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills, 1973, p. 206, nos. 33i-vii). Here, the distinctive profiles of Krishna and Radha, the overpowering emphasis on the bending trees, and the star blossoms on slender leafless branches are the hallmarks of Garhwal paintings of the period. (ibid, 1973, p. 77, no. 3iii).

Compare with a scene of Nanda asking Radha to escort Krishna back home most likely from the same series in the National Museum, New Delhi (51.207/8), and a closely related folio from a Krishna Rukmini series in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Archer, Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills, 1973, p. 83, no. 12).

Provenance:
Collection of Asbjorn Lunde (1927-2017), New York

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