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Krishna Steals the Gopis' Clothing
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Krishna Steals the Gopis' Clothing

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Description In a popular episode from Krishna’s life story, Krishna steals the clothing of the gopis—young women of Brindavan—while they are bathing in the Yamuna River. Climbing a tree with their garments in tow, he compels the gopis to emerge from the water naked, with arms raised in supplication, to beg for the return of their clothing. They eventually do so, their initial embarrassment washed away by the pleasure of devotion, as they reveal themselves fully before their god.
Date Description Narrative
8/08/2017Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
  • Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn. 2011.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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opaque watercolor and gold paint on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 9 13/16 x W: 7 5/16 in. (25 x 18.5 cm); Image H: 8 15/16 x W: 6 in. (22.7 x 15.2 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
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