This statue, a brass-piece, shows Krishna as playing on his flute. This pure aesthetic visualization is aimed at revealing beauty and delighting thereby, but the mysticism that this flute-playing form of him generates is also quite significant. The flute, a material means, creates a ‘bhava’, an ecstatic sentiment which is all divine and abstract, and this ecstatic divinity leaves the flute player transformed, and again, this spiritual transformation reveals as rhythm manifesting in the body. ‘Material’ being the source of ‘spiritual’, and ‘spiritual’, manifesting in ‘material’, is the essence of Krishna’s Vaishnavism, which this divine image thrusts.
This sculpture was created in the city of Aligarh, in the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
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