Seated Krishna

Well, this Krishna needs ‘no introduction’. Seated Krishna is one of the rarer forms of Krishna.

As usual, Krishna is fully ornamented and is decorated with his typical pinched hair-do. Krishna is known for his fondness for butter and that is captured here with him holding a butterball in his right hand. The left hand is holding a pot, the butter container, ensuring there is more butter to come.

One of the unusual features of this Krishna is his wearing a lower garment, that too full length. As a child, he is normally shown naked. Clothing him maybe an influence of Victorian sensitivities. A useful indicator for dating this Vigraha.

The earliest form of seated Krishna can be traced to a Krishna stone sculpture, now in Chennai Museum (Photo below). The following paragraph about the Chennai Museum seated Krishna is based on an article by Chitra Madhavan. For the full article refer to Madras musings.

“Krishnadeva Raya, Vijayanagar empire, acquired this Krishna from Udayagiri in 1513 as a war trophy. He built a temple in Hampi to enshrine this Krishna. Following the fall of the Vijayanagar empire in 1565, Hampi was ransacked. One of the temples destroyed is the Krishna Temple.

British Archeologists while exploring Hampi ruins found this damaged Krishna sculpture and relocated it to the Government Museum, Egmore, Chennai. ”

Despite some differences between the two images, the influence of the much-travelled Chennai Krishna on the Vigraha of this blog is there to see.

This Vigraha is about 6.5 cm in height and may not date prior to the nineteenth century. This vigraha is, most likely, from Karnataka.

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