Krishna is surrounded by adoring milkmaids [gopis] and cowherds [gopas] enchanted by the sound of his flute. The desire of the gopis for Krishna equates to the longing of devotees for divine communion. The picture is not complete. Krishna’s hands are posed to hold the flute but it has yet to be brushed. The peacock feathers on his crown and the detail on the pedestal are also missing. Different artists often created particular elements of paintings, for instance landscape or faces. Unfinished pictures are not uncommon.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label