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Figure - figure


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tamil Nadu (made)

  • Date:

    18th century-19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The figure of Krishna as a boy dancing with the butterball (navanita) in his right hand; the left arm extended sideways. The raised right foot is supported by a lotus stemming from the base. The hair is tied into a high bun (kesabandha), and behind the head there is a very small siras cakra ( disc for hanging garlands). The body is naked except for a chhannavira-type harness and a simple girdle with pendent bells which leaves the genitals exposed. Other details include makara-kundala ear pendants, and a diamond-shaped ornament apparently attached to the chhannavira. The figure is fixed to a lotus pedestal which is cast in one piece with a square base, the latter with upright prongs for the support of an arched surround or torana. The metal of the figure itself has the appearance of almost pure copper.

Note the highly stylized treatment of belly, chin, ets., and the deep chiselling, all of which are very late features.

Place of Origin

Tamil Nadu (made)


18th century-19th century (made)




Height: 30 cm

Object history note

Obtained fro the Royal Asiatic Society.

Descriptive line

Dancing figure of Navanita-Krishna (Boy with the butterball)

Production Note

From Nellore region, South India




South & South East Asia Collection

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