This unusual triad combines the iconography of Vishnu with his well-known avatar, Krishna, in the gesture of playing the flute. The female figures likewise can be viewed in two ways: Shridevi dressed with the breast-band then appears as Krishna's principal wife, Rukmini, while Bhudevi, the Earth goddess, evokes Satyabhama, Krishna's favorite. Images of a multi-armed Vishnu in the guise of Krishna are rare; for another example, eight-armed and lacking the wives, see P. Pal, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum: Vol. 1, Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, pp. 261 and 275, cat. no. 199.