Battle Scene Between Kripa and Shikhandi from a Mahabharata

Historical period(s)
1670 (?)
Mysore Court
South Indian School
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper
H x W: 15.3 x 42 cm (6 x 16 9/16 in)
South India, Karnataka state, Probably Seringapatam
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Manuscript, Painting

Manuscript folio

battle, India, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This charged scene is from the Mahabharata Great Story of the Bharatas, a sacred Hindu epic of ancient India that narrates the great war between two related clans, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The battle scene gains vigor from the forcefully drawn figures as well as the myriad arrows activating the salmon-colored ground.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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