Krishna and the Bow, folio 24 from the ‘Tula Ram’ Bhagavata Purana

Historical period(s)
ca. 1720
probably Gujurat school
Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
H x W (overall): 47 × 52.1 cm (18 1/2 × 20 1/2 in) H x W (painting): 21.9 × 18.4 cm (8 5/8 × 7 1/4 in)
India, Gujarat state, probably Surat
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Bhagavata Purana, bow, India, Krishna, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection

To 1961
Tula Ram, Delhi [1]

From 1961 to 1966
James K. Ivory, New York, New York

From 1966 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from James K. Ivory, New York, New York in 1961 [2]

From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim


[1] The manuscript comprised around 70 folios in the 1950s when it was dispersed by a Delhi dealer, Tula Ram. This folio entered a NYC collection in 1966.

[2] According to Catherine Glynn Benkaim, the painting was purchased by Ralph Benkaim in 1966.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Tula Ram
Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
James K. Ivory born 1928
Catherine Glynn Benkaim

Published References
  • Los Angeles Times article. Los Angeles, March 10, 1968. .
  • J. LeRoy Davidson. Art of the Indian Subcontinent from Los Angeles Collections. Exh. cat. Los Angeles. no. 114.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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