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Maker(s):Shyam Devi
Culture:Indian, Mithila region (active 1990's)
Title:Krishna Dancing on the Serpent Kaliya
Date Made:ca. 1990-1991
Materials:ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; India; Mithila (region)
Measurements:Sheet: 33 1/8 in x 23 1/2 in; 84.1 cm x 59.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2017.08
Credit Line:Gift of Georgana Falb Foster
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Shyam Devi, a female artist, produced this work in the Kachni style, one of five modes of depiction associated with art from the Mithila region of eastern India and Nepal. The Kachni style features a limited color palette and extensive use of cross-hatching and stippling. Here too Krishna plays his flute, but the poisonous, multi-hooded snake deity Kaliya, notorious for terrorizing the Hindu god’s adoptive village of Vrindavan, joins him. To subdue Kaliya, Krishna dances atop his many heads, while Kaliya’s wives clasp their hands in gestures of repentance. The pervasive repetition of black-ink patterns—including the checkerboard frame—causes the composition to reverberate, as if animated by Krishna’s song.

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