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Krishna and Kaliya

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India Anonymous,
Krishna and Kaliya, 18th c.
Ivory on Wood
8 7/8 in. x 4 in. x 3 1/8 in. (22.54 cm x 10.16 cm x 7.94 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Carving
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Louise Padelford
Accession Number: 80.2.49


Commentary
The poisonous serpent Kaliya is being subdued by Krishna, one of the manifestations of Vishnu. In some Hindu traditions, this represents the suppression of human emotions that distract from true understanding. The painted wooden building that shelters the image suggests this was a household shrine.
Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

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Medium
Carved ivory and wood, with paint.

Object Description
Dancing god carved of ivory, accompanied by a serpent, in a wooden temple. The wood of the temple is painted red, with a simplistic, geometric design painted in miniature, in black and yellow paint. The dancing Krishna is nude aside from jewelry and a loincloth, and he sports an ornate hairstyle.
(1997)

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