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Krishna as a cowherd playing the flute
Place of Origin: Southern India
Date: 1850-1950
Materials: Wood
Dimensions: H. 15 in x W. 12 in x D. 4 in, H. 38.1 cm x W. 20.5 cm x D. 10.2 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B61S55+
On Display: No

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Krishna is one of the major Hindu deities. Identified by many Hindus as Vishnu's eighth incarnation, Krishna is regarded as the supreme deity by his devotees. In ancient texts, Krishna's life story is presented in several episodes. Krishna is depicted here in his most common representation as a handsome young cowherd, playing the flute and drawing village women away from their fathers and husbands. Krishna's youthful flirtation and pranks are interpreted as symbolizing the joyful interplay between the divine and the human soul.

Carved wooden figural groups such as this one were probably used to ornament large chariots taken on procession through the streets on festival days.


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Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label:

Krishna is one of the major Hindu deities. Identified by many Hindus as Vishnu's eighth incarnation, Krishna is regarded as the supreme deity by his devotees. In ancient texts, Krishna's life story is presented in several episodes. Krishna is depicted here in his most common representation as a handsome young cowherd, playing the flute and drawing village women away from their fathers and husbands. Krishna's youthful flirtation and pranks are interpreted as symbolizing the joyful interplay between the divine and the human soul.

Carved wooden figural groups such as this one were probably used to ornament large chariots taken on procession through the streets on festival days.


Exhibition History: "Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013