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.
- Title: Balarama
- Date: 150-200
- Medium: Sandstone
- Dimensions: 63 x 29 x 10 in. (160.02 x 73.66 x 25.4 cm)
- Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number: F.1975.15.1.S
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
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