Krishna dancing

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small bronze figurine made by lost wax process. The child Krishna dances on one leg with his right one raised. He hold balls of butter in his hands, one outstretched to this side and the right one extended forward as if offering it to the viewer. He stands on a round lotus base placed on a square slab. He is naked, but is decorated with a vast assortment of jewelry. Necklaces that cross his chest and drop to his waist, decorated belts, shoulder pieces, rings, bracelets and earrings and elaborate decorations on his head fanning out from his ears and decorating his hair which is arranged in a flat chignon on the top of his head.
Artist Unknown, India, Tamil Nadu
17th century - 18th century
Krishna as a child, dancing. Krishna, a human incarnation of the god Vishnu, is extremely popular in Hinduism as is the object of worship in many temples and homes. He is worshipped in a variety of roles, that of epic hero, lover and as a child. Representing Bhakti, a medieval religious movement within Hinduism that relies on Faith, direct contact with the god, here he is loved as a child. One projects oneself into the role of a parent for the playful child Krishna. This represents one of his childish pranks, stealing butter. He is so delighted with his antics that he dances in glee.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel
Wednesday, November 30, 2022