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Illustration to the Bhagavata Purana: The Building of the Fort, c. 1825

India: Himachal Pradesh, Kangra Workshop, 1800-1850
Opaque watercolor on paper
image: 14 x 19-7/8 in. (35.6 x 50.5 cm); sheet: 15-3/8 x 21 in. (39.1 x 53.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This image is likely from the same workshop that produced the Gita Govinda series at left, although the intimacy of the forest has given way here to a large clearing. The foliage and vines on each tree and the tiny body of each songbird are still rendered with care, but these details are peripheral to the episode pictured.

Krishna’s fort was built in the sea, although its construction appears to unfold in a large clearing here. Only a silvery strip at the bottom of the page hints at the scene’s proximity to the water.

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