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A black stone figure of the Fluting Krishna
PROPERTY FROM A MIDWESTERN COLLECTION
A black stone figure of the Fluting Krishna

INDIA, ORISSA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

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A black stone figure of the Fluting Krishna
India, Orissa, 18th/19th century
Standing with his right leg crossed over his left, hands aloft as if holding a flute, wearing a gilt dhoti and adorned with golden necklaces, armbands and earrings, the face with large almond-shaped eyes and aquiline nose, with polychromy still extant
20 in. (50.8 cm.) high

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The youthful Krishna is depicted here as the flute-playing cowherd, Venugopala. The melodious lure of his flute was irresistible to his female admirers, the gopis, who symbolize the human soul. While stylistically close to bronze sculpture of the region, by using stone the artist has focused on the simplicity and purity of form; compare with a bronze figure in the Catherine and Lewis J. Burger Collection, see P. Pal (ed.), Dancing to the Flute, 1997, p. 84, fig. 36b.

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