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Krishna and Radha with Astrologers and Entertainers, from a Song of Govind (Gita Govinda) manuscript

ca. 1720

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

without mounting: 8 9/16 x 15 5/16 in. (21.7 x 38.9 cm) with mounting: 14 13/16 x 21 1/8 in. (37.7 x 53.7 cm) framed: 16 x 22 in. (40.64 x 55.88 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
The Gita Govinda, “Song of the Herdsman,” was written in Bengal in the twelfth century by Jayadeva (active 1180–1200). It is a series of dramatic, rhymed lyrics composed in Sanskrit describing the love of Krishna for Radha, their temporary estrangement, and their ultimate reconciliation. Here, Krishna and Radha are seated together in a bower hung with garlands at left; entertainers perform in the distance; astrologers appear in the foregound; and Radha is again seated alone in a bower at right. Two lines of the text written out in Devanagari script run across the top.
Mughal period (1526–1857)
By appointment
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