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Kalia-mardan Krishna
Acc. No. 70.11
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Kalia-mardan Krishna is generally depicted as boy Krishna dancing on the hood of the serpent, holding the outstretched tail in the left hand as the left leg stamps on the sespent, the right leg raised exprassion gentle and pleasing, nose more prominent, eyes naturalistic, face round, lower lips thick body quite slender with broad shoulders and slim waist.

History of the Object
This is an elegant bronze image of Krishna dancing on the serpent-hood of Kaliya-naga. It represents the story of how Krishna learnt that the village cattle were being poisoned when they drank from the waters of the Kalindi River. Being the protector of the cowherd community, the young Krishna finds the culprit is the proud Kaliya-naga or serpent demon. Krishna jumps into the water to subjugate the giant serpernt, dancing on his hood till the serpent repents and begs for forgiveness. In the sculpture Krinshna's right hand is in abhaya-mudra the gesture of protection to all, while with the left hand he is triumphantly holding the tail of the snake and the five hooded Kaliya has his hands held in anjali mudra, the gesture of respect and worship. The pedestal has four holes on each corner indicating that is was a mobile image made to be carried in temple processions.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
59 x 23 x 16 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
South India 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
10 th Century CE 
Function
Hinduism Ritual  
Acquisition
Purchase from Shri. N.Y.Sastri, Theosophical Society, Adyar, Madras  
Copyright
National Museum,New Delhi  
Acknowledgements
National Museum,New Delhi  
Owner
National Museum,New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum,New Delhi  

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