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[Relief sculpture representing Krishna.]

[Relief sculpture representing Krishna.]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 303/1(44)

Item number: 44

Length: 5.8

Width: 4.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a relief sculpture representing Krishna Venugopala from the Allardyce Collection: Album of views and portraits in Berar and Hyderabad, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. As Venugopala, Krishna represents the flute playing cowherd who attracts the gopis with the sound of his divine music. Depictions of Krishna with his favoured gopi, Radha, are often used to symbolise the union of the human soul with the divine. In this sculpture Krishna is represented as holding the flute to his mouth. Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Vishnu.

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