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Krishna Playing the Flute
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Krishna Playing the Flute


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Description Krishna, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, famously seduces the milkmaids of Brindavan, his hometown, with the sound of his bamboo flute. Like the infatuated milkmaids, who are known as "gopis," Krishna’s devotees experience an ardent love for the god. Here, Krishna’s body sways to the music, and he rests the toe of one wooden sandal on his lotus pedestal. A flute was once inserted into his upraised hands.
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Cleaners used on Krishna in the past caused corrosion. The corrosion was removed manually. The silver inlays were polished and then coated to reduce tarnishing in the future. Krishna will be displayed with low relative humidity buffers and tarnish inhibiting materials in the case.

Date Description Narrative
6/27/2017ExaminationTreated for exhibition
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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Period
15th century
Medium
copper alloy with silver and gemstones
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Accession Number
54.3005
Measurements
H: 9 7/16 × W: 4 3/4 × D: 4 3/4 in. (24 × 12 × 12 cm)
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