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18th C. Indian Gold Pendant - Krishna, 44.5 g

Central Asia, north central India (Uttar Pradesh), Terai, ca. 18th century CE. A beautiful gold pendant featuring the god Krishna, here depicted in relief, standing, with his legs crossed, and one arm holding a bansuri, an Indian flute. As in other examples of this depiction of the god, he stands with one leg bent in front of the other. He wears a large, crown-like headdress befitting his status as one of the major deities of Hinduism, an avatar of Vishnu, god of compassion, tenderness, and love. He stands within an arched border with large floral motifs forming a border around it. The pendant is made from a 47% gold, 50% silver, and 3% copper sheet, stamped with its decorative motifs, and wrapped around a heavy, cuboid piece of dark, fired clay. The sheet is folded into a horizontal ring at the top of the pendant to allow it to be worn. Size: 2.4" W x 2.7" H (6.1 cm x 6.9 cm); 44.5 grams total weight (including clay)

Condition: Small losses to edges of sheet, notably on two corners. Light surface wear commensurate with age. Pretty matte patina. Old collection number written in black ink on the back.

Provenance: private House of Indus collection

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