To the right of Lord Krishna is the third of His wives, one of the tertiary queens of Dvaraka. Shrimati Satyabhama was the daughter of the treasurer of Dvaraka, Satrajit. In a moment of ego-induced weakness, he accused the great Lord of having seized the highly desirable Syamntaka jewel. Warrior that He was, the Lord Krishna proved His innocence and earned all three of Satrajit’s daughters as brides. The chief amongst them, both in terms of age and beauty, was Shrimati Satyabhama.
In this intimate work of art, the Lord and His wives are depicted in close quarters with each other. Fashioned from wood, the finish resembles the style of ancient temples where Lord Krishna is worshipped along with His wives (instead of with His lover Radha). They stand at the graciously carved entrance of the temple, the black of their hair and the flowers and jewels of their shringar being the only infusions of colour in the composition.
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