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Krishna Fluting for the Gopis

A work made of opaque watercolor, gold and tin alloy on paper.
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  • A work made of opaque watercolor, gold and tin alloy on paper.


Late 18th or early 19th century


Rajasthan, Jodhpur

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In a lush grove traversed by a silver stream filled with leaping fish and blooming lotuses, the blue-skinned Krishna woos his devoted gopis (female cowherds) by playing music on his bansuri (bamboo flute). The gopis’ infatuation with Krishna serves as a metaphor for the unconditional attachment (bhakti) of a devotee to their lord. Through personal adoration, they can attain union with the supreme deity. The theme of devotion is echoed in the pairs of waterfowl clustered around the river bank in the foreground. The painting’s large format and thumbprint foliage are characteristic of Jodhpur, capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar in present-day Rajasthan and home to one of the distinguished traditions of Rajput painting.


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Krishna Fluting for the Gopis


Jodhpur (Object made in)

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Opaque watercolor, gold and tin alloy on paper


65 × 49.2 cm (25 5/8 × 19 3/8 in.)

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Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

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