Krishna is one of the most beloved avatars of the god Vishnu. Worshippers often envision him as a handsome youth or as the precocious child seen here. Episodes from Krishna’s childhood further endeared him to many Tamil saints. The eighth-century saint Periyalvar sang of each milestone in Krishna’s early life from the perspective of a delighted parent:
He smiles his charming smile
little white teeth in pink mouth […]
I am drowned in waves of joy as he trips forward […]
In this lively dance, the young Krishna sports bells on his waist and ankles. His right hand is held in abhaya mudra, the gesture of protection.
- Title: Krishna Dancing
- Date: 11th century
- Medium: Bronze
- Dimensions: 20-3/4 x 11-3/4 x 7-1/2 in. (52.7 x 29.8 x 19.1 cm)
- Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number: F.1975.17.46.S
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 1247 p. 386
Dehejia, Vidya, Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 16 p. 46
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