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Exercise weight with scene of Krishna killing the horse-demon Keshi

Period:
late Kushan period
Date:
3rd century
Culture:
India (Uttar Pradesh, Mathura)
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 9 13/16 in. (25 cm); W. 19 11/16 in. (50 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.286
Not on view
Here, Vishnu assumes his earthly appearance (avatar) as the youthful Krishna, slaying the demon Keshi who attacks in the guise of a horse. This subject very probably has its origins in Hellenistic legends, most notably the labors of Hercules in which the Greek hero slays the horses of Diomedes. The martial prowess of this subject, in which Krishna slays the horse-demon with his bare hands, is an appropriate choice for a bodybuilder's exercise weight.
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