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Krishna with his army within a walled city

Purkhu, Indian, b. 18th century

Creation date: ca. 1810
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1302
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh
Dimensions: 14 3/16 in. x 18 25/32 in. (36 cm x 47.7 cm)


C.L. Bharany, New Delhi, India ( - December 3, 1968)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 3, 1968 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

Label Copy

The Harivamsa is considered an appendix to the Mahabharata and was often illustrated independently of the rest of the text. It consists of three chapters, of which the second deals in great detail with Vishnu’s incarnation as Krishna. This painting belongs to an impressive copy of the Harivamsa made by the artist Purkhu, working in Kangra at the court of Maharaja Sansar Chand (r. 1775–1823). The paintings are characterized by their scale—not only of the folios themselves, but also of the figures, who dwarf the buildings and landscape around them. There are no verses from the Harivamsa inscribed on the paintings, but labels identify several of the figures within the scene; the reverse of each folio notes the illustration’s number (this is number fourteen).

Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Epic Tales from India: Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/19/2016 - 6/12/2018


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Marika Sardar and Ms Neeraja Poddar. Epic Tales from Ancient India San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2016
Page Number: 26, Figure Number: cat. 9

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