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Kundus Gallery San Francisco, CA, US
Raja of Bikaner Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
In this painting, Radha represents an abhisarika, a woman who fearlessly braves the dangers of the night to meet her lover.
Beneath clouds bristling with lightening and in a driving rain, Radha hurries across a rocky landscape, bunching her skirt up to keep it dry, even as snakes coil around her ankles. Four demons, one of whom breathes fire and another who wields a scythe, are in her path. On the painting’s upper left, Krishna, resplendently dressed in a fine muslin jama and gold turban, and with a yoga patta around his legs to help him sit comfortable, awaits Radha’s arrival from within a pavilion with a brilliant red interior.
The saffron-clad yogi in the cave at the upper right, who depicts a comparison within Keshav Das’ verse, embodies Radha’s equanimity in the face of danger.
Recto: five lines of nagari on a yellow panel at the top of the page.
Verso: in Nagari: ja 86/ a 7 Sam 1751 asu sambhaliya.
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- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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