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Folio from a Bhagavata Purana: rishi Narada vists King Kamsa in his palace with news of Krishna's whereabouts. Malwa circa 1760-80. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 33.2 x18.9cm (max)

The picture and text refer to the Bhagavata Purana, Chapter 10, verses 16-20. The short inscription in the caption of the picture translates that Narada visited the palace of Kamsa. He tells the king that Krishna, along with his brother Balarama, had been secretly taken by their father Vasudeva to the safety of his friend Nanda's remote village. Explaining they were raised with all believing they were Nanda's and Yashoda's own sons, so it was they had escaped from Kansa's envoys who had been searching in order to kill them knowing that otherwise they would eventually be the cause of Kamsa's own death. After Narada had left Kamsa told the horse-asura (demon) Kes'i (seen above) that he had been chosen to kill Krishna and his brother.

This painting represents the hybridised late phase in Malwa having assimilated features from Bundelkhand, Rajasthan and Mughal kalams.

With thanks to the kindness of Narmada Prasad Upadhyaya for identifying the subject, regional characteristics and date of production, also for translating the caption.

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Above: gilt detail reflecting light

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