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Krishna steals clothes of the milkmaids

Creation date: ca. 1880
Creation place: India

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Type: Painted Wood Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1441
State/Province: West Bengal
Dimensions: 9 29/32 in. x 13 25/32 in. (25.2 cm x 35 cm)


Sotheby's, London, England (July 5, 1965 - July 5, 1965)

Kitty Gregory, London, England (July 5, 1965 - July 5, 1965)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (July 5, 1965 - August 27, 1990)

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

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February 2008
Nandalal Bose Exhibition
Wood and metal engravers of Battala, the section of Calcutta that was the center of inexpensive printing and publishing, became a serious competitor for Kalighat painters. By the end of the 19th century, the printing industry absorbed many Kalighat painters and traditional village artists. The prints were mass produced on inexpensive paper, with consistently stylized imagery, heavy contour lines, quickly applied daubs of color, and the use of some hatching to convey a sense of volume or shadow. Prints produced in the presses of Battala continued to depict the religious themes and subjects popularized by Kalighat painting. This example depicts an episode from the youth of the Hindu divinity Krishna, when he stole the clothes of the cowherd girls in his village while they were bathing, in order to force them—like his devotees—to shed all inhibitions and come to him.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Catalogue of Fine Western & Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sotheby & Co.. London, England, July 5, 1965
Page Number: 33, Lot no. 157

Mr. Pramod Chandra and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Rhythms of India: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2008
Page Number: 33, 34, Figure Number: 13


Title, Bottom center: Shri Krishna steals the gopinis' clothes, Shri Lakshminarayan Das Shri Biswabbhar Karmakar

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