Indian and Himalayan Art
Krishna and GopisMade in Orissa, India, Asia
17th - 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, India
Bone with traces of pigment
Currently not on view
1994-148-364Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994
LabelWhen night falls, Krishna plays his flute deep in the forest. Dropping everything, from chores to children to husbands, the gopis (cowherdesses) pursue him. This diminutive bone carving shows Krishna playing his flute (now missing) as two gopis clasp his legs. The adoring women are so small and positioned so close to the princely god that they seem to merge with his body.