26 inch Height X 10 inch Width x 9.5 inch Depth - Krishna
25.5 inch Height X 9.5 inch Width x 9.5 inch Depth - Radha
A pair of Radha-Krishna statues, standing on the pistils of twin ornate lotus blooms. Of identical stance and stature. The tribhanga stance is a quintessentially Vaishnavite thing and exceedingly popular in the iconography of Krishna. The word is a portmanteau of ‘tri’, which means three, and ‘bhanga’, which means broken or jutted. It refers to the fact that the form of Radha and Krishna are jutting out laterally at three different junctures namely the shoulders, the hips, and the ankles. This makes for a divinely seductive silhouette.
A great deal of detail in terms of shringar has been introduced into the composition. The richly embroidered dhoti of Krishna and the flowing pleats of Radha’s saree. Fresh flower garlands sweeping down their torsos, indicative of dance motion. Tall, luxuriantly engraved crowns. Symmetrical sprigs of vine framing their divine faces; a halo behind the head of Krishna. Vines cascade from every curve and juncture of the divine figures, a visual element of of tribute to the wilderness of Vrindavan.
In their togetherness, the Vrindavan lovers are a sight to behold. The handsome young cowherd, and the finest of the milkmaids (‘gopis’). Avatara of Lord Vishnu; Her Lakshmi-roopa (Lakshmi-like) chhavi (image). The flute between His fingers, the divine music of which pervades the evergreen forests of North India; and the dance of His devoted lover that holds Him captive. Lord Krishna and His Radha are the most iconic amorous duo of Indian culture.
The twin murti that you see on this page depicts the two in the finest of their iconography. He is the tribhanga murari (the body juts out at three different junctures as He plays on His instrument), while She is caught in the same tribhanga stance amidst a dance of abandon. The sharply engraved features of their faces are set off by different styles of crowns - His is a multi-tiered number, while Hers features a lotus blooming in the mouth of a milk-pot. The halo behind His head, and the asymmetrical sprigs of vine that flank their respective faces. Note the lotus-bud to the right of Radha’s crowned head, symbolic of the Devi Lakshmi within Her.
The figurines are each wrapped in a coat of luscious vine. They wind around the supple arms of Krishna and Radha, cascade around their hips with the adornments streaming down their torso, and reach all the way down to the upturned lotus pedestals upon which they stand. Beneath the dense network of vines, the artisan has paid considerable attention to the detail of their attire and silhouette, which boast of a realistic finish.
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