Amulet with Bhagavatapurana

Late 18th-early 19th century

Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty
Dublin, Ireland

Perhaps the most popular deity in the Hindu pantheon is the blue-skinned Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar or incarnation of Vishnu, preserver and protector of the universe. The tenth book of the Bhagavatapurana relates stories of Krishna’s childhood and youth. Scrolls like this with an impressive length of 21 metres were usually rolled up in a capsule made of metal, often attached to bands and worn on the upper arm or around the neck.

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  • Title: Amulet with Bhagavatapurana
  • Date Created: Late 18th-early 19th century
  • Physical Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: Northern India
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL InE 1478, detail