, The wedding of Krishna and Rukmini Enlarge 1 /1
Pahari painting, Garhwal or Kangra style The wedding of Krishna and Rukmini [Palace scenes] c. 1820 Place made: Himachal Pradesh, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour and gold Support: paper
Dimensions: image 34.2 h x 48.0 w cm support 35.6 h x 49.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Robert Skelton through the Gayer-Anderson Gift, 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1325
Subject: Hindu Deities Avatar: Vishnu
  • Acquired at Montpelier Galleries, London by Robert Skelton, 1954 or before
  • who gave it to the Commonwealth of Australia, through the Gayer-Anderson Gift, 1954
  • held by National Library of Australia, Canberra, after transfer from London, 1954–1991
  • transferred to the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1991.
  • The collecting history of this painting is partial. The earliest known transaction is its acquisition by the donor in London in 1954. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1954.

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