Krishna returns to Nanda’s house at dusk, or Sandhya Arati

late 19th century
Indian Collection Other
50 x 121 cm
Brush drawing with colour on paper. This study for a temple hanging of the Vallabha sect relates to the Sandhya Arati evening worship in the summer month of Shravan. At dusk young Krishna and the cowherds return from the fields with their herd (Krishna would have appeared in the vacant central area). The house of his foster-father Nanda is no village hut but a vast palace. Nanda sits above the gateway at far left, while his wife Yashoda, holding an arati lamp, waits at the door to greet Krishna. To view a high-resolution version of this image and for further information please visit the Yousef Jameel Online Centre at the Ashmolean.