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Figure - Krishna


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Deccan (made)

  • Date:

    1825-1875 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy, casting

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Krishna crawling with a tiered crown and frilled decoration on the shoulders, a tiny pot-like object is beneath the left hand.
740A: Krishna crawling with his hair is in a topknot and a pot-like form (butter pot?) below his left hand.
740B: Krishna wearing a seven-pointed crown, with a topknot behind it with frilled details on the shoulders. There is a pot-like object below the left hand. Brassy coloour with little wear.
740C: Krishna crawling and wearing a seven-pointed crown but with a large fan-like headdress, perhaps meant to be peacock feathers, taking up almost half the height. Brassy colour with little wear.
740D: Krishna crawling with his hair in topknot with a well-defined hairline. Dark brass colour, little wear.
740E: Krishna crawling with elongated proportions wearing a tall crown. Brassy colour, moderate wear.
740F: Krishna crawlingWearing a small crown showing some southern influence, which suggests a southern Deccan provenance. There is a small, shapeless lump below the left hand. Brassy colour, light wear.
740G: I tiny figure of Krishna crawling with his hair in a top knot. There is a stump below his left hand. Copper colour, moderate wear.

Place of Origin

Deccan (made)


1825-1875 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy, casting


Height: 6.7 cm 740:C-1874, Weight: 68 g 740:C-1874, Height: 7.5 cm 740:B-1874, Weight: 228 g 740:B-1874, Height: 6.2 cm 740:E-1874, Weight: 66 g 740:E-1874, Height: 7.5 cm 740-1874, Weight: 273 g 740-1874, Height: 8 cm 740:A-1874, Weight: 285 g 740:A-1874, Height: 5.3 cm 740:D-1874, Weight: 102 g 740:D-1874, Height: 4.5 cm 740:F-1874, Weight: 71 g 740:F-1874, Height: 3.5 cm 740G, Weight: 30 g 740G

Object history note

From the collection of William Tayler. The South Indian Museum purchased over 1,000 miscellaneous Indian objects from William Tayler, who went to India in 1829 retiring to England in 1867. Tayler collected pieces for his ‘Indian Museum’ while Postmaster-General of Bengal (1845-50) during which he recorded in his published memoirs that he had visited ‘almost every station in Orissa and Bengal’, as well as ’Darjeeling, Simlah and Nepal’, quoted in Barnard, 2008. P.97

Descriptive line

Krishna crawling, sculpture, copper alloy, Deccan, 1825-1874, India

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Barnard, Nick, Indian Jewellery: The V&A Collection London: V&A Publishing, 2008


Copper alloy

Subjects depicted





South & South East Asia Collection

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