Hindu Chola Style Bronze
Dancing on Kaliya
Origin: India. Circa: early 1900s'
16 in.(41cm), W 6 in.(15cm), D 4.5 in.(11.5cm)
Condition: very good!
Chola style bronze molded through the lost wax process, depicting one of the most
revered of all Hindu deities, Krishna as a divine hero triumphing over the devious
serpent Kaliya Naag. In lush detailing with rich ornamentation that integrated
the fleshly figures, the countenance of Krishna is lucid with fortitude. He is
seen here with right leg raised in perfect balance, his delicate left hand is
gently holding the serpent tail, and offering a Adhaya mudra (protection) in his
right hand. The solid bronze captured
the sinuous strength and dynamism of Krishna in forms and spirit, beautifully
illustrated the benevolent divine grace in a timeless symbol.