A massive bronze sculpture of Krishna dancing on the Snake being 92 cm. tall and weighing ca. 27 kilograms! The sculpture can be dated to ca. 18th. century.
The figure depicts Krishna dancing in celebration atop the hood of the subdued serpent king Kaliya. The multi-hooded Kaliya was polluting the waters of the Yamuna River and terrorizing Krishna’s homeland, Vraj. The young Krishna set out to defeat the naga, but ended up restricted in his coils. Expanding himself to escape, and landing on Kaliya’s hoods, Krishna began to crush the serpent king with great weight by the steps of his dance until Kaliya admitted defeat. Rather than killing his foe, Krishna agreed to let him flee, only after performing one final dance upon his hoods.
This exceptional size figure represents Krishna as slightly overweight, mid-step in dance upon Kaliya. His left hand, extended outward, grasps the tail of the serpent, while his right hand is raised in abhayamudra, the gesture of reassurance, towards the spectators. Krishna wears an elaborately decorated dhoti with bands of embroidered floral and foliate motifs and an ornate, snake-like jewelry set. His hair is arranged in an unusually bulbous bun, tied off with a flowing sash. The details of Kaliya’s multi-hooded head and scaled body are meticulously executed and, impressively, include a diminutive representation of Kaliya in humanoid form, surrendering to Krishna. (Description partly a courtesy to Christies)
Condition: Superb for the size and age, much smooth wear and a nice brown and red brass patina overall. Hairline repair to the snake, othervise completely intact in all it's parts.
An exactly similar old figure from the same artisan and workshop in southern India (likely using the same moulds) was sold at Christies 22 Sep 2021 as lot 448 (hammer of USD 56.250).
Compare to another piece in the Victoria and Albert Museum (acc. no. IS.204-1959) from South India and slightly earlier, dating to the 16th. century.
Museum quality massive bronze figure of Krishna Kaliyadaman,18th.c.