The God Krishna in His Incarnation of Shrinathji Dressed for the Akha Tija Festival at His Temple in Nathadwara
8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (22.2 x 14 cm)
Unknown, Indian, Rajasthan, Nathadwara School,
Medium and Support:
opaque watercolor, gold, silver on paper
Gift of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak
Label for "Poetic Visions: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection", Co-Curated by Mekala Krishnan and Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, December 17, 2014-February 27, 2015:
Shrinathji is a popular form of Krishna worshipped in North India. Images depict this distinct form of Krishna as a child in the moment when he lifts a mountain overhead to shelter villagers from a terrible storm. Works portraying Shrinathji are highly decorated. While he sports the blue skin and peacock feathers of Krishna, Shrinathji also always holds his left hand up, as though carrying the mountain above his head.