Battle Scene, Folio Fragment From An Album Of The Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories Of The Lord)A Bhagavat Purana Series
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1995.66
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Battle Scene, folio fragment from an album of the Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of the Lord)a Bhagavat Purana series
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
manuscript
Date
c.1540
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Mewar
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions
17.9 x 24 cm (7 1/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift in gratitude to John Coolidge, Gift of Leslie Cheek, Jr., Anonymous Fund in memory of Henry Berg, Louise Haskell Daly, Alpheus Hyatt, Richard Norton Memorial Funds and through the generosity of Albert H. Gordon and Emily Rauh Pulitzer; formerly in the collection of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
1995
Object Number
1995.66
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions

Label Text: Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks - Revisited: Northern Indian Miniatures from two Traditions, Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries, written 1990
Battle Scene
From a Bhagavata Purana series
Rajasthani, Mewar (?), 1540 or earlier
Opaque watercolor on paper
Private collection
537.1983

Label Text: Indian Harvest: Part 1, written 1995
Battle scene
From a Bhagavata Purana manuscript. Uttar Pradesh or Mewar, c. 1540.
Opaque watercolor on paper.
Purchase from Anonymous Fund in memory of Henry Berg, Henry George Berg Bequest, Leslie Cheek Jr., Louise Haskell Daly, Alpheus Hyatt, Richard Norton Memorial, and Eric Schroeder Funds and through the generosity of Albert H. Gordon and Emily Rauh Pulitzer.
1995.66

Label Text: Indian Miniatures From the Plains and the Hills, written 1979
1. BATTLE SCENE from a Bhagavata Purana Series
Rajasthan, Mewar; ca. 1540 or earlier
Private Collection - TL 17444.86

This painting illustrates an unidentified episode from the Bhagavata Purana, a popular Hindu work on the avatars (incarnations) of Vishnu. It may depict one of the battles in which Krishna, most important of these avatars, played a decisive role and may simultaneously glorify the Rajput warrior. The vibrant colors and dynamic movements of this work are characteristic of the early Rajput style practiced at Mewar.

Label Text: Recent Acquisitions in Islamic and Indian Art, written 2000
Battle Scene
Fragment of an illustration of the Bhagavata Purana
(Ancient Stories of the Lord)
India, Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan, Mewar (?), second quarter of the 16th century
Opaque watercolor on paper
The Stuart Cary Welch Collection , Gift in gratitude to John Coolidge, Gift of Leslie Cheek , Jr., Anonymous Fund in memory of Henry Berg, Richard Norton Memorial , Louise Haskell Daly, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Funds, and through the generosity of Albert H. Gordon and Emily Rauh Pulitzer
1995.66

Exhibition History

Indian Harvest: Part 1, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/30/1995 - 01/21/1996

Re-View: Arts of India & the Islamic Lands, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/26/2008 - 06/01/2013

Re-View: S231 (Islamic rotation: 6) I was not Waving but Drowning, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/03/2010 - 04/02/2011

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