Krishna is the eight and most worshiped and popular of the ten incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu. This ivory carving represents him standing in Tribhanga Mudra, one leg bent in front of the other, with the flute raised to his lips(posture derived from Indian classical dance) as SriVenugopal, the flute-player (please note that the flute is missing).
This representation of Krishna relates to his pastoral life as a cowherd. His magical flute would charm nature and animals as well as invite the gopis (milkmaids)to join him to dance.
He is depicted with his attributes: the peacock feather crown, the (missing) flute, long jasmine garland around his neck,wearing a dhoti (traditional Indian male garment).
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