Krishna and Gopas Playing the Game of Hide and Seek


Krishna and Gopas Playing the Game of Hide and Seek



As Krishna grew up, he attended to the herds like any other village lad and, in the woodland where the cattle grazed, he and his companions played Blindman’s Buff or Hide and Seek or some other boyish game.
The headgear of the cowherds consists of a pointed cap (kulah) around which is tied a decorated sash (pechi) with loose ends. Krishna and his brother Balarama frequently wear this costume when tending the cows with their companions or while engaged in sport. When worn by Krishna and Balarama, the cap is surmounted with peacock feathers.
The delineation of a forest grove by a circle of trees occupies the main picture space. The dramatis personae are placed within this circle. There is marked stylization of tree forms. Among the two usual forms, the first is a tree which has the
appearance of a circular, many-petalled, dahlia. It has either a short thick trunk or a long narrow stem. The second form is an oval with the leaves drawn within the oval.


Indian Miniature Paintings

Object Type

Miniature Painting


Opaque watercolour on paper


Pahari school




c. 1700


Basohli, Jammu & Kashmir


24.5 x 20.8 cm (with border), 21.7 x 19.2 cm (without border).