Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>


Showing 7 of 100

Aniruddha is hidden in Usha's room after his abduction

Creation date: ca. 1800
Creation place: Nepal

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.173
Dimensions: 15 in. x 22 1/16 in. (38.1 cm x 56.04 cm)


Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, England (1964 - August 29, 1964)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (August 29, 1964 - August 27, 1990)

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

Label Copy

August 2021
Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment
This painting belongs to a series of over a hundred illustrations from the tenth book of the sacred Hindu text the Bhagavata Purana, on Krishna’s progeny. When the princess Usha falls in love with a youth in her dream, her attendant helps identify her beloved as Krishna’s grandson Aniruddha and kidnaps the prince. He and the princess enjoy each other’s company secretly in Usha’s chambers until Usha’s disapproving father discovers them. While the bright color palette and portfolio format suggest inspiration from the Rajput courts of India, the grand architectural settings reflect local palace and temple forms still surviving in Nepal. 

September 2005
Devotional Arts of Nepal
An ambitious project produced in Nepal, this unusually large-format series of portfolio pages, when complete, included over one hundred pages. The paintings depict scenes from Book Ten of the Bhagavata Purana, a sacred text devoted to the god Vishnu with special emphasis on the his human incarnation as Krishna. Worhsip of Vishnu, and particularly his form as Krishna, was prominent in Nepal, along with Buddhism and the worship of Shiva and the goddess.
These paintings indicate that their makers looked to Rajput traditions of India for inspiration, in aspects including the portfolio format and the use of bright color; but the Indian elements were adapted in idiosyncratic ways. These pictures present grand architectural tableaus, using local Nepali palace and temple forms, in which diminutive figures act in continuous narration. (The stories illustrated in these paintings are narrated in the kiosk program.)
Last Updated: 2/2/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Nepal: Where the Gods Are Asia House Gallery , 9/21/1975 - 12/21/1975

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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Oriental Miniatures & Illumination, Maggs Bros. Ltd.. London, England, July 1964
Page Number: 179 no. 175

Pratapaditya Pal. Nepal: Asia House Gallery. New York, New York, 1975
Page Number: 18, 20

Pratapaditya Pal. Nepal: Asia House Gallery. New York, New York, 1975
Page Number: 114, 115 no. 85a, 133 no. 85a, Figure Number: 85a

Pratapaditya Pal. The Arts of Nepal: Part II, Painting E. J. Brill. Leiden, The Netherlands, 1978
Page Number: 111

Indian Art, Sotheby's. New York, New York, March 22, 2007
Page Number: 178

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Submit a question or comment about this object

Showing 7 of 100

Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is " Painting".