Private Collection, USA
The beloved god Krishna -one of the most worshipped of Indian pantheon- is represented here while playing his (missing) flute. In fact, that harmonious sound was irresistible for the gopis, the young shepherdesses who were in love with him.
Krishna's hands are raised parallel to his face in order to handle the instrument. His left leg only holds the weight of the body. The right one crosses the other as in performing a dance step.
In Orissa, Krishna as an icon of Love was very popular. Usually, Krishna Venugopala' figures were stylized in a folk style very different from the classical one, but also very appreciated just because of their essentiality.
The statue is in perfect condition.