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Folio from a Bhagavata Purana: Krishna and the demon Vatsasura episode. Datia, circa 1790-1800. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 29.7 x 38.4cm
Reverse with seal from royal library of maharaja of Datia
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The text to the reverse of the painting refers to canto 10, chapter 11, verses 41-45 describing how one day when Krishna, Balarama and gopas (cowherd boys) were tending calves the demon Vatsasura appeared with intent to kill the two boys. The demon disguises himself as a calf but was unable to outwit Krishna who saw through the disguise and grabbing Vatsasura whirled him into the air where he landed lifeless on top a tree before falling to the ground where we see him in normal guise but now lifeless.
With thanks to the kindness and generosity of Tarun Pant for translating inscriptions and text and annotating the image below.
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Above: gilt detail reflecting light.
Inscriptions translated and annotated by Tarun Pant
Images and text © Peter Blohm