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Festival Image of Krishna
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Festival Image of Krishna

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Description The youthful Krishna, one of the most charming incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu, dances joyfully. Extending his left arm outward in a gesture of dance, he raises his right hand in reassurance—for he protects his devotees. Made for ritual processions, this sculpture might call to mind many moments in Krishna’s childhood and youth: his glee at surreptitiously obtaining a ball of butter, his vanquishing of the snake-demon Kaliya and prancing on the conquered serpent’s hoods, or, as an adolescent, his dance with the cowherdesses of Brindavan, when he replicated himself so that each maiden would feel that he was hers alone.
Provenance John D. Rockefeller, III; C. T. Loo, New York; Sale, Sotheby's, New York, June 17, 1993, lot 101; Walters Art Museum, 1993, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 1993

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late 10th century (Chola)
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H: 14 3/8 × W: 8 11/16 × D: 5 9/16 in. (36.5 × 22 × 14.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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