ca. 1760. Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion. Lightning symbolizes sexual excitement. The garden of ripe mangoes and flowering shrubs symbolically foreshadow the result of Krishna and Radha's union. The sexual joining is an allegory of the unification of a mortal with the eternal oneness via devotion to a divinity. Pahari, India.
Matsyavatara. Punjab Hills, Basohli. Date: 1675 - 1700. A four-armed Vishnu comes out of the mouth of his incarnation as a fish and a demon in a shell appears dead in the water around him. The four vedas are seen seated on a lotus coming from Vishnu's navel.
The Jagannath trio - Krishna, Balabhadra (Balabhadra) and sister Subadhra. Awadh, circa 1830. Apart from the famous Jagannath temple at Puri there were (and are) long-established temples around the former state of Awadh at Behta Buzurg and the village of Ankui near Bithoor. Wasli is specially made for miniature paintings by bonding sheets of hand-made paper with wheat-glue then burnishing it smooth.
Two registers: above, Shurapadma, who fled, swimming in the sea among the fish; down the tree within which he hid is bisected by the Velam (trident) of Subrahmanya, piercing Shurapadma and turns it into a peacock and a rooster left to right. Karaikal (Tanjore), between 1727 and 1758