Of all the sculptures that depict the togetherness of Radha-Krishna, this one stands out. Here they are caught in the step of a complex dance routine. Their limbs are entwined in each other’s, Her body seemingly motioning away from His as He draws Her close. Their gracious hips are clad in dhoties and kamarbands of matching colour, probably clinking sonorously against each other as the dancers motion.
Sculpted after the style of South Indian temple architecture, this is an unusual composition of the amorous couple. Radha has a bow and a conch in Her hands; with one hand Lord Krishna holds Her bow, with the other He holds Her by the shoulder. From the luxuriant adornments on their bodies to the composure of their finely cut countenance, this sculpture is a testament to the inter-generational pursuit of art prevalent in India to this day.
In the lush wilderness, the lovers dance in each other’s arms. Through the thick vines that surround them emerge a plethora of wild fauna, an example of which is to be found at the feet of Lord Krishna. A canopy of emerald-green shields them from the heavens above. Within that canopy is the unmistakable Kirtimukham, an image of the ferociousness of kala (time), whose presence is integral to this school of sculpture.
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