This painting depicts the marriage of the Hindu god Krishna to his beloved Rukmini. In the upper-right, Krishna is having his hair dressed in preparation for the wedding; in the lower-left, Rukmini is being similarly groomed. The script on the texts held by the priests in these two episodes refers to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god worshipped before important undertakings. In the lower-right, a dancer and musicians entertain Krishna’s father, Vasudeva, in purple, and King Ugrasena of Mathura, dressed in yellow.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label