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Yashoda with the Infant Krishna

Period:
Chola period (880–1279)
Date:
early 12th century
Culture:
India (Tamil Nadu, Pudukkottai and Tanjavur districts)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm); W. 11 13/16 in. (30 cm); D. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, in honor of Cynthia Hazen and Leon B. Polsky, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.220.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 240
This tender image of maternal affection depicts the child Krishna being nursed by his foster mother, Yashoda. In infancy Krishna had been hidden from the murderous king Kamsa of Mathura to be raised in safety by foster parents. In the repertoire of South Indian processional bronzes cast during the Chola period, this subject is rarely represented. The sophisticated modeling, casting, and tooling link this work to Chola bronzes of the late eleventh and twelfth centuries.
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