A radiant Radha-Krishna composition. The twin statues of the amorous couple, both in the tribhanga stance in keeping with the music of Lord Krishna’s flute. Poised between two identical pillars, slender and tapering gently towards each other, forming an unusual aureole (traditionally, the aureole is a round-shaped structure). These pillars are in themselves an interesting composition - zoom in on the surface to appreciate the minute carvings which depict episodes from the life of Krishna (Krishnaleela, or the chain of the Lord’s divine undertakings). They meet high over the heads of the figures at the base of a rock-like platform. On this platform is a miniature sculpture of padmasana Lord Adinath, executed in remarkable detail and life. Below it is a suspended Kirtimukham motif and an engraved bell the colour of lustrous gold.
A similar quality of craftsmanship is to be found in the figures of Radha and Krishna. The tribhanga stance means that their bodies are jutting out (‘bhanga’) at three (‘tri’) difference junctures, namely the shoulders, the hips, and the ankles. They gaze in unison into the distance with an intelligence and a solemnity identical to both. A sea of vine and sash surrounds their soft, curvaceous bodies, each aspect of which has been finished with unflinching attention to detail. An ornate lotus crown on each of their heads. Double lotus pedestals beneath their feet, the shapely, elongated petals of which resemble the finish of the lovers’ feet. A composition such as this one is sure to elevate the aesthetics of the home or office temple of true devotees.
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