Description The youthful Krishna dances joyfully, raising his right hand in the gesture of reassurance to remind devotees that he protects them. 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, when he pranced 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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