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Image of Krishna, with notes on details. 1786-88.

Image of Krishna, with notes on details. 1786-88.

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: WD1768

Item number: 1768

Length: 342

Width: 110

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing of an image of Krishna with added notes, most likely by the young William Daniell, dated 1786-88.

The popular Hindu god Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Vishnu and there are many stories associated with him that celebrate different aspects of his personality. The playfulness of the god is an important attribute and as Venugopala, the flute playing cowherd, he attracts the gopis (milkmaids) with the sound of his divine music. His union with his favourite gopi, Radha, symbolises the union of the human soul with the divine. He also appears as a mischievous child and as the mature spiritual guide who revealed the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, showing himself as the supreme Lord of the universe. In this drawing, Krishna is represented holding the conch and the discus, attributes of Vishnu.

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