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Krishna playing with the gopis, folio from a Rasikpriya

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At A Glance

  • Period

    dated 1686 (Samvat 1743)
  • Geography

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 19.3 × 13.5 cm (7 5/8 × 5 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Ruknuddin (active ca. 1650-1697)
  • School/Tradition

    Bikaner school
  • Description

    Between two trees Krishna, wearing a gold crown, dances with two gopis, while another watches. In the foreground a confidant speaks to Radha seated outside a building.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: in nagari script: rukdin ro sam. 1743 pota raskapriya am.52. By Ruknuddin, folio 52 of the Rasikpriya done in vs. 1743/a.d.1686
  • Provenance

    To 1967
    Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner [1]
    Nowlakah, Calcutta [2]
    From 1967 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Nowlakah, Calcutta in December 1967 [3]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    [1] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [2] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting from Nowlakah, Calcutta in December 1967, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records, as relayed by Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi (India, Bikaner)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
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