The Omniscient Gaze Of Lord Krishna

The Omniscient Gaze Of Lord Krishna

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The classical frescoes of India are to be found in ancient cave temples and palaces. Originally expounded in Sanskrt text namely Chitrasootram, these murals serve a particular purpose to the painter as well as to the connoisseur and are the result of a highly specific technique. From the ninth through the twelfth centuries CE, this style of semi-permanent painting enjoyed royal patronage in the Kerala region. The term Kerala mural refers to a characteristic style of frescoes, a fine example of which could be seen on this page.

It depicts Lord Krishna, a favourite subject of the Vaishnavite South. He is seated in lalitasana, the dangling limb having gone off the frame, as He plays on the flute. The pale sage green colour of His complexion is imbued with texture, the lines of each limb and curve defined by a pronounced obsidian shade. The bright marigold hue of His silken dhoti sets off the unusual colour. The gaze of those large, irresistibly beautiful eyes is directed to the left, perhaps taking in the form of a dancing milkmaid or a devotee at the receiving end of His succour.

The crown on Lord Krishna’s head is an ornate number. It rests on His head and shoulders, its deep metallic gold colour interspersed with white flowers and silver trims. At its zenith is a clutch of three peacock feathers, integral to the iconography. From the curvaceous lines and colour palette of the composition to the subject in question, the work of art that you see on this page draws heavily from the Kerala mural tradition.

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Item Code: PT79
Kerala Mural
Artist : Saji
11.2 inch X 13.2 inch
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