Description This image of the dancing Krishna might call to mind many moments in the god’s childhood and youth: his glee at surreptitiously obtaining a ball of butter; his vanquishing of the snake-demon Kaliya, when he pranced on the conquered serpent’s hoods; or, as an adolescent, his dance with the milkmaids of Brindavan, when he replicated himself so that each maiden would feel that he was hers alone. As an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, he raises his right hand in reassurance, to remind devotees that he protects them. During ritual processions, poles inserted through the rings in the base would have secured this sculpture within a palanquin or chariot.
Provenance John D. Rockefeller, III; C. T. Loo, New York; Sale, Sotheby's, New York, June 17 1993, lot 101; purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1993.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 1993
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