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Image of The Brahmin's wives feed Krishna

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The Brahmin's wives feed Krishna

Creation date: ca. 1585
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: 1990.780
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 6 1/2 in. x 9 9/16 in. (16.5 cm x 24.3 cm)
Currently on view


Doris Wiener Gallery, New York, New York ( - February 24, 1974)

Maharaja of Bikaner, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India ( - )

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (February 24, 1974 - August 27, 1990)

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

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Temple, Palace, Mosque, 2010

Krishna is one of the most popular incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu. This painting depicts a scene from his adolescence when he lived in a cowherders’ village. One day, at Krishna’s request, the hungry cowherd boys went to ask some nearby priests, called Brahmins, for food. The priests refused to interrupt their ritual; but their wives, who all loved Krishna, dropped everything to bring them their most delectable dishes. This story illustrates the importance of devotion to god over the empty performance of ritual.

A stamp on the reverse and the salmon-colored border indicate that this painting was kept in the royal library at Bikaner. It belongs to one of the oldest series in the Bikaner collection. The flat rectangle of red behind the blue Krishna is a traditional Indian method of indicating the person who is the object of passionate emotion in the story.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

1990.780 , 3/1/2010 - 9/1/2010

Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment , 8/14/2021 - 2/13/2022


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Indian & Southeast Asian Art, Sotheby's. New York, New York, September 24, 2004
Page Number: 101 Lot no. 109

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