Navaneetha Krishna

Unknown artist

  • Date: c. 1750
  • Dimensions: H: 46.5 cm, W: 39 cm
  • Medium: Natural pigments, gold foil, precious stones and gesso on paper.
  • Region: Tanjore
  • Museum number: PMA.00028

Tanjore painting depicting infant Krishna savouring butter. Seen on his side is Yashoda who bears a surprised look, perhaps at seeing Krishna with the big pot of butter that she may have churned.

The Tanjore style of painting flourished in Tanjavoor, pronounced Tanjore, the capital city of the Chola dynasty. The Maratha princes, Nayaks of Vijaynagar dynasty, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichi and Naidus of Madurai patronized the art of Tanjore painting from 16th to 18th centuries.

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