Lot n° 172
400 - 600
GÎTA-GOVINDA : LA RONDE DE KRISHNA ET LES GOPAS
INDIA, RAJASTHAN, PROBABLY BUNDI, CA. 1830-1840
Gouache and gold on paper, depicting Krishna in a tree dancing in the round with six herdsmen, gopas, four of whom are in the tree with him.
A GOUACHE AND GOLD ON PAPER INDIAN MINIATURE ILLUSTRATING GÎTA-GOVINDA: KRISHNA DANCING WITH THE GOPAS, RAJASTHAN, PROBABLY BUNDI, CIRCA 1830-1840.
Size: 24 x 17 cm; painting: 20.5 x 14 cm.
The Gita-Govinda ("Song of the Cowherd") is one of the most famous lyrical poems in Sanskrit literature, written by Jayadeva in the 12th century, which celebrates the love affair of the cowherd (the one who guards or drives the oxen) Krishna and Radha, one of the gopis (cowherds) with whom he falls in love. In this episode, Krishna dances with the gopas (cowherds). The "rasa-lila" is a dance in the traditional story of Krishna where he is dancing with the gopis, or gopas, attracted by the sound of his flute.
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