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Cosmic Vishnu as Infant Krishna
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Cosmic Vishnu as Infant Krishna


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Description Though he may appear as a mere child playfully sucking on his toes, Krishna is in fact an incarnation of the powerful god Vishnu. This devotional image portrays a vision the sage Markandeya once had, when he saw the infant lying on a banyan leaf floating in the cosmic ocean. When Krishna revealed his true form, it was the all-pervading Vishnu, resting on the primordial waters between cosmic eras, when he gives rise to the re-creation of the universe.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/07/2014Examinationexamined for exhibition
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.
Provenance Hartman Gallery, New York; purchased by E. C. O'Dell, Baltimore, 1955; inherited by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, March 1981; given to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2010

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Period
16th-17th century
Medium
gilded copper alloy and gemstones
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.3081
Measurements
H: 3 1/4 × W: 7 1/4 × D: 4 3/8 in. (8.3 × 18.4 × 11.1 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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