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Venugopala (fluting Krishna) looks upon naked gopis swimming. Jaipur, circa 1860. Gouache and gold on wasli, pasted onto later card from a Victorian scraps album. 23.3 x 19.4cm

Traditional iconography for this popular scene from the life of the young cowherd Krishna has the gopis swim in Vrindavan's Yamuna River, whilst he watches from high in a tree where he has taken their clothes so that they must stand naked and plead for their return. Here Krishna is more like a royal prince in the setting of an opulently gilded palace watching the gopis in a large tank of water like a modern swimming pool, their clothes nowhere in sight.

Ref: Jaipur K107-81210

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