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Illustration from an Abduction of Rukmini Series: Rukmini and the Messenger, c. 1775-1800

India: Himachal Pradesh, Guler Workshop, 1750-1825
Opaque watercolor on paper
image: 7-1/8 x 10-7/8 in. (18.1 x 27.6 cm); sheet: 7-7/8 x 11-1/2 in. (20.0 x 29.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This painting is from the Rukmini-haran, or the Abduction of Rukmini, a tale of romance and chivalry. Part of the Bhagavatapurana, the Rukmini-haran tells the story of the princess Rukmini, who is betrothed to a man she does not love, while secretly she is in love with Krishna. The two make a plan for Krishna to kidnap Rukmini on her intended wedding day; they later marry and live happily ever after. In this painting, a messenger returns to Rukmini with a message from Krishna. On the left, a maid holding a flywhisk sits idly by.

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