Asia: India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura
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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

Object Information

  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Marg, fig. 8 pp. 60-61
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, American Collectors of Asian Art, 1986, fig. 8 pp.124-125
  • Dye III, Joseph M., Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, 1988, fig. 2 pp. 22-23
  • Mathura: The Cultural Heritage, 1989, p. 389
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, fig. 15, no. 46 pp. 21, 82-83
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1187 p. 380
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