I really wish I knew who painted this!
A traditional Mysore painting
Artist unknown, ca. 1890, Calcutta, India
Krishna's Foster-Mother, Yashoda, with the Infant Krishna
India (Tamil Nadu, Pudukkottai and Tanjavur districts)
Chola period, early 12th century
Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Niccolò Caranti
- A couple of little things I noticed:
- Yashoda is not his birth mother. Does that mean she induced lactation to breastfeed him? Fenugreek is used a lot in Indian cooking, so I bet that came into play :)
Of course, it's quite possible she was breastfeeding other children. I'm probably getting excited about nothing.
- He is definitely not an infant in those first two pics. A toddler or maybe even older? It's a beautiful depiction of long term breastfeeding.
There's a pic that E and I took last year that has a similar vibe.