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Dance of Krishna and the Gopis, from a History of the Lord (Bhagavata Purana) manuscript

ca. 1760–65

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

without mounting: 8 7/8 × 13 1/16 in. (22.5 × 33.2 cm) with mounting: 16 1/8 × 19 11/16 in. (41 × 50 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 text on the back of this painting states that each of the cowherds (gopis) in this circular dance, which is known as a mandala, believes that she alone is dancing with Krishna under the moonlit sky.
Basohli, India
By appointment
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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