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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1940,0713,0.209

  • Description

    Gouache painting on paper. The snake demon Ugrasura swallowing Kṛṣṇa, the gopas (cowherders) and their herd. After the demon swallows Kṛṣṇa, the god's body expands until the snake demon bursts. The gopas and their whole herd tumble out unharmed and praise Kṛṣṇa for saving them. The painting is framed by a blue, black and gold border, which has been adhered to the paper.

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  • Date

    • 1800-1805
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.8 centimetres (including border)
    • Width: 38.4 centimetres (including border)
  • Curator's comments

    This painting was once stored in a folder labelled 'Hindu Iconography, Deccani School: 1800-1805 (on European paper).'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1940

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1940,0713,0.209

Gouache painting on paper. The snake demon Ugrasura swallowing K???a, the gopas (cowherders) and their herd. After the demon swallows K???a, the god's body expands until the snake demon bursts. The gopas and their whole herd tumble out unharmed and praise K???a for saving them. The painting is framed by a blue, black and gold border, which has been adhered to the paper.

Gouache painting on paper. The snake demon Ugrasura swallowing K???a, the gopas (cowherders) and their herd. After the demon swallows K???a, the god's body expands until the snake demon bursts. The gopas and their whole herd tumble out unharmed and praise K???a for saving them. The painting is framed by a blue, black and gold border, which has been adhered to the paper.

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