Small Panel with Krishna and Radha
In Hinduism, Krishna is worshiped as the eighth reincarnation of the god Vishnu, and he is the god of compassion, tenderness, and love. Radha, another reincarnation of Vishnu, is Krishna’s lover and his most represented companion. Together, Krishna and Radha are known as the combination of both the feminine and masculine aspects of God.
This panel shows Krishna dressed in yellow with his characteristic crown of peacock feathers playing a flute. Opposite of Krishna is Radha in a light blue sari holding a pot. At her feet there is a peacock that is looking at Krishna. Surrounding both figures are lilies, water, and a tree that has white and gold flowers. On top of the branches sit two birds, also in white and gold. Outlining everything on this panel is gold. The figures are enclosed in an oval with small gold circles as a border before solid gold fills the remainder of the piece. The panel is twill woven with discontinuous weave.
Circa: Early 20th century
Material: Metallic thread and silk
Dimensions: 8.5" x 6.25"
Inventory number: TX4698
This small panel shows Krishna and Radha, in metallic thread, surrounded by animals, vegetation, and a tree. It is set on a red silk background.