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    South Indian Bronze Image of the Infant Krishna Dancing

    Tamil Nadu, South India
    17th-18th century

    height: 8.1cm, width: 5.3cm, weight: 109g

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    UK art market

    This small, solid cast bronze image of the infant Krishna stands with his left foot on a tiered pedestal, his right foot is poised to dance, and his left arm is raised in gaja mudra. The right hand holds a butterball (after having raided his mother’s larder, according to legend.)

    The image’s body is naked other than for items of cast jewellery including prominent ear ornaments.

    Krishna also wears a tiered hair ornament or hair bun.

    This dynamically cast piece has soft contours from time and puja use, and a dark patina commensurate with its age.

    References

    Pal, P., Art from the Indian Subcontinent: Asian Art at the Simon Norton Museum, Volume 1, Yale University Press, 2003.

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