Krishna (figure in dark blue) has the doors of Dwarka shut on the hungry Bhima. Scene from 'The Mahabharata'. At bottom right of the painting Bhima beats at the gate. Three women below left carry vessels and a man in front of them remonstrates with the visitor. The semi-aerial perspective allows the viewer to see inside the walls two women setting out dishes on a table under a canopy, with other vessels arranged on the tesselated floor. In the background on the right another woman kneels inside a circular white pavilion. There are two inscriptions, one in a rectangular panel above the canopy, another in a rectangular panel to bottom left. The whole surrounded by a border in pink decorated with alternating flower and bird motifs. The text in late 19th-century Urdu, written in a cursive nasta'liq-e khafi hand, refers to the painting as 'Number 82' or 'Number 84.' The painting also dates from the late 19th century, probably from the art schools of Jaipur, India, and adapts a composition from the dispersed late 16th-century 'Jaipur' Razmnamah manuscript (in the Jaipur royal collection, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and British Library), an illustrated Persian translation from the original Sanskrit (version by Naqib Khan) created at the court of the 3rd Mogul Emperor, Akbar I (d.1605).
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Horniman Museum and Gardens
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