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Krishna as the Flute-playing Cowherd (Venugopala), 15th century

Unknown (Indian, Tamil Nadu - 15th century)

bronze
19.8 cm high
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1980
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26666)

Krishna is a manifestation of the god Vishnu. As a young herdsman in his native village of Vrindavan, he played the flute to charm the shepherdesses, not least Radha ("the luminous"), his future favourite. In this aspect of divine musician he is given the name Venugopala.

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