Cosmic Form of Krishna

Place Made:
India: Tamil Nadu
15th century
19-3/8 x 10-3/4 x 9-1/4 in. (49.2 x 27.3 x 23.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

This ten-armed image of Krishna is an unusual depiction of the god. The wheel and the conch shell in his rear set of hands identify him as an incarnation of Vishnu. His two front hands are positioned as if holding a flute, a common portrayal of a young Krishna. However, the additional sets of arms are not often seen in images made during the reign of the Cholas. It is likely that this figure was made during the reign of the Chola rulers’ successors in Tamil Nadu, the Vijayanagara monarchs.

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