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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 118

    KRISHNA SLAYS BAKASURA

    KALIGHAT, EASTERN INDIA, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    KRISHNA SLAYS BAKASURA
    KALIGHAT, EASTERN INDIA, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Opaque pigments on paper, the richly dressed and bejewelled blue-skinned deity holds the crane's beak and slays it
    18 x 12in. (45.8 x 30.5cm.)


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    Our painting shows the well-known scene where the demon crane is killed by Krishna. Bakasura, sent by the demon Kamsa to kill Krishna, had previously swallowed him. However, Krishna radiated so much heat that Bakasura was forced to regurgitate him, thus setting him free. Krishna seized the crane's beak and tore him apart.