Jarasandha’s Army Beseiges Mathura, from a Bhagavata Purana

Historical period(s)
ca. 1775-1800
Opaque color on paper
H x W (overall): 38.1 x 55.9 cm (15 x 22 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth X. Robbins
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


archery, battle, Bhagavata Purana, bow, chariot, elephant, Ganesha, gate, horse, king, Krishna, Nepal, palace, warrior

To 1988
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth X. Robbins, Potomac, MD, to 1988 [1]

From 1988
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth X. Robbins in 1988


[1] Said by the donor to have been purchased from a medical missionary who served in Nepal in the mid-1960s. The manuscript, of which this page is a part, appeared on the art market in the mid-1960s (according to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins


This painting is one from a large and celebrated set that illustrates the Bhagavata Purana. It depicts the Siege of Mathura by the Armies of Jarasandha, King of Magadha, with horses, elephants, troops and chariots.

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