The images of Venugopala or Murlidhara have remained popular all over India. In this form Krishna is always shown with his legs crossed with one foot raised at an angle, and the arms swing in opposite direction holding a flute. This pose of Krishna is known as Tribhangamurari.
Here Krishna’s youthful figure is shown unadorned wearing only a short dhoti. He has pierced earlobes but no earrings. His hair is tied atop the head in a three-tiered bun. His wide open eyes and tilak mark on forehead are inlaid in silver. He is wearing typical pair of wooden sandals used by cowherds in villages even today.
This charming image of Venugopala is most probably from a domestic shrine where he would have been separately clothed and adorned, and accompanied by Radha.
Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala Collection
Indian Decorative Art
Brass with silver inlay
17th century CE
Gujarat or Himachal Pradesh
Ht: 32.2 cms.