, Krishna playing the flute in Brindavan [Krishna Venugopala] Enlarge 1 /1
Rajasthan, India

Krishna playing the flute in Brindavan [Krishna Venugopala] 12th century Materials & Technique: sculptures, red sandstone
Dimensions: 50.0 h x 44.0 w x 15.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.233
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses.
  • with art dealership Panasia Gallery, Zurich, 2005 or before
  • which sold it to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2005 for CHF 40,000

This youthful figure is probably Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, in his most popular guise as the charming flautist who plays for the adoring milkmaids. The animated pose of this sculpture is, however, more closely associated with depictions of celestial dancing musicians found in Indian art. This work is a relief from a temple, step-well or similar architectural structure. Its crisp, detailed carving and sinuous lines are characteristic of west Indian sculptures of the period.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label