Guest blog by Sudharshan Duraiyappah, a scholar and instruction at the University of Toronto and the ROM
A cursory glance at the 17th century Kangra painting featuring Radha and her lover Krishna, who according to Hindu mythology is considered an incarnation of the god Vishnu, might elicit a double take. This miniature painting in the ROM’s collection portrays the fair – skinned Radha in her male lover’s attire and the dark- skinned Krishna wearing his female lover’s garments.
In the summer of 2015 the ROM’s Department of World Cultures hosted a team of Korean researchers from the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation (OKCHF). In August 2016 the OKCHF project team will be returning to the ROM for the second half of this two part assignment in order to finish photographing and researching the rest of the ROM’s Korean collection.