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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian; Uttar Pradesh
Creator Name-CRT: Uttar Pradesh, India
Title: Krishna battling the horse demon Keshi
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 321
Creation End Date: 500
Creation Date: ca. 321â??500
Creation Place: Uttar Pradesh, India
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H. 21 x W. 16 in. (53.3 x 40.6 cm)
Description: The Gupta period was the classical age of Indian culture and witnessed the first flowering of Hindu art. Fulsome forms and equipoise are typical features of Gupta sculpture. This superb plaque, which decorated a brick temple's exterior, is the only large Gupta terracotta in the Museum's collection. The relief's dynamic poses and vigorous modeling show a different side of the Gupta tradition, which is represented in the galleries mainly by single, static, hieratic figures in bronze or stone. It depicts an episode from the early life of the god Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu, who periodically descends to earth to battle the forces of evil. Here Keshi, a mighty demon in the form of a horse, has been sent to destroy Krishna. The combatants glare at each other, eyes bulging: Krishna's from the intensity of resolve, Keshi's from the surprise of defeat, doubly indicated by the corpse of his horse below.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1991.300
Credit Line: Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Gupta period (ca. 321â??500)
AMICA ID: MMA_.1991.300
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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