Inventory no.: 2883

Indian Bronze Balakrishna


Bronze Image of Balakrishna

Tamil Nadhu, India

14th-15th century

height: 7.3cm

This fine image of Krishna shows the deity with his left foot on a multi-tiered lotus pedestal, his right foot is poised to dance and balanced on a lotus flower, his left arm is raised in gaja mudra, and his right hand holds a butterball (after having raided his mother’s larder). All the while, Krishna maintains a serene expression.

The image’s body is plump and naked except for copious and elaborate finely cast jewellery which includes bracelets, armlets, anklets, a waist band, and earrings. Krishna wears a tiered hair ornament. He also wears a girdle of finely cast bells.

This superbly cast piece has softened contours from time and

puja use, and a chocolate-brown patina commensurate with its age. Overall, this is a very tactile, quality bronze with obvious significant age.


Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.Provenance:

UK art market

Inventory no.: 2883