Krishna as a child

Polychrome painting on glass depicting Krishna as a child seated on plinth on which is a five-headed serpent, whose head curves behind and above the god. The snake may be Kaliya, who was subdued by Krishna and became one of his worshippers. Krishna is depicted as a very plump child wearing only garlands, hair ornaments, earrings, bracelets and anklets, and sucking his toe. In the background are two female attendants, one holding a peacock, the other a fan. Gold detailing. Contained within a wooden frame with metal fittings.

This type of painting was popular among the middle classes who would buy them when on a pilgrimage and take home to hang in the home.

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