Killing of Kesi the horse-demon by Krishna

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In this Indian miniature from the Rajastani School of miniature painting in Malwa kalam, the artist illustrates a heroic incident narrated in the Bhagavata Purana. In his painting, Krishna is shown as slaying the demon Kesi sent by his wicked uncle King Kamsa. Kesi assumes the form of a gigantic horse to kill Krishna and terrifies all the creatures of Gokula when Krishna confronts him and annihilates him. The destruction of Kesi was a popular theme of artists. This painting from India is a fine example of the art of miniature painting.

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