Thanjavur School painting of Bala (baby) Krishna
Krishna is the god of compassion, tenderness, and love; and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities. In this painting Krishna has a peacock feather in his topknot and is adorned with numerous gold jewellery pieces including bracelets, anklets and necklaces. He is shown eating ghee (butter) of which he was very fond, from his right hand, and holding the pot of ghee (butter) in the left. Krishna’s mother Yashoda is to the left of the painting, also feeding Krishna a ball of ghee. To the right is a beautiful attendant with a lotus flower in her hand, and at the bottom of the painting is a bowl of fruits. At the top are ornate palatial arches and pillars, with drapery in between. Size with frame; 27½" x 24".