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Krishna Outwits the Hindu God Brahma, from a History of the Lord (Bhagavata Purana) manuscript

ca. 1760–65

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

without mounting: 8 7/8 × 13 in. (22.6 × 33 cm) with mounting: 16 1/8 × 19 3/4 in. (41 × 50.1 cm) framed: 16 × 22 in. (40.64 × 55.88 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
The four-headed god Brahma, who is seen riding a swan at the upper left, has caused a herd of cows to disappear. Krishna, standing at the river’s edge, has replicated the cows and hid them so that even Brahma cannot find them.
By appointment
India, Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass. to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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