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Balarama, 150-200

India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, 150-200
Sandstone
63 x 29 in. (160 x 73.7 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.15.1.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

On view

Krishna’s older brother, Balarama, is the embodiment of princely virtues. Balarama stands in a graceful contrapposto posture with his weight resting on his left foot. He holds a goblet to his chest, as he is fond of drinking, and he is depicted with a seven-headed serpent hood. He is closely associated with the serpent Ananta, on whom Vishnu sleeps.

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