Battle Scene Between Kripa and Shikhandi from a Mahabharata

Historical period(s)
1670 (?)
Movement
Mysore Court
School
South Indian School
Medium
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 15.3 x 42 cm (6 x 16 9/16 in)
Geography
South India, Karnataka state, Probably Seringapatam
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1975.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript, Painting
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
battle, India, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

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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