Krishna Combs Radha's Hair

Krishna Combs Radha's Hair

c. 1820
Locale
Punjab Hills, India
Country
India
painting
Bequest of Irene Littledale Downs
1988.183
. Krishna Combs Radha's Hair. c. 1820. Bequest of Irene Littledale Downs. 1988.183.
Dimensions
height: 9 5/8 in, 24.4475 cm; width: 7 1/2 in, 19.05 cm; mat height: 20 in, 50.8 cm; mat width: 16 in, 40.64 cm; window height: 8 1/4 in, 20.955 cm; window width: 6 5/8 in, 16.8275 cm
Inscription
Characters on verso flat
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Krishna Combs Radha’s Hair
About 1820
Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Bequest of Irene Littledale Downs
1988.183

One of the names for the Hindu god Krishna (an incarnation of the god Vishnu) is Shyama, the “dark one,” and he is usually shown as blue. This scene of intimacy between Krishna and the cowherd Radha is also a metaphor for devotion to God. During the fifteenth century, a form of worship called Bhakti emerged in which personal fidelity and worship were preferred over ancient rituals or texts; Krishna and love directed toward him were the essence of the Bhakti movement.