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Krishna Returns to the Gopis, from a History of the Lord (Bhagavata Purana) manuscript

ca. 1760–65

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

without mounting: 8 3/4 × 12 13/16 in. (22.3 × 32.5 cm) with mounting: 16 1/4 × 19 3/4 in. (41.2 × 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
2001.138.37
Having longed for him incessantly, the cowherds (gopis) are so delighted to see Krishna that they remove their outer garments to make a seat for him and anoint this seat with red (vermilion) powder from their breasts.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
India, Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

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

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