In this pichhavai, lotus blooms and images of fish and insects play against the blue background of the Yamuna River. The sacred Yamuna winds through the landscape in which the legendary Krishna spent his childhood and youth. This jal vihara, water games, image commemorates the hot summer days when Krishna played in the river with the milkmaids, gopis, of his village. Hangings of this type are shown behind sculptures of Krishna, dressed in diaphanous muslin, to cool and comfort the deity.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label