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Krishna with a Butterball
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Krishna with a Butterball


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Description The infant Krishna's fondness for raiding his mother's pantry for butter can be understood metaphorically as a representation of the god's ability to steal the human heart. The sculpture would have been installed in a household shrine in West Bengal.
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
  • All Things Round: Galazies, Eyeballs and Karma. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011-2012.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2009

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Period
17th century
Medium
copper alloy with shell inlay and traces of paint
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.3079
Measurements
H: 9 1/4 × W: 6 7/16 × D: 10 1/16 in. (23.5 × 16.3 × 25.6 cm)
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Not On View

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