The urli is an age-old piece of traditional Indian home decor. It is a wide-mouthed shallow-bottomed vessel which is filled to the neck with water. The water is then strewn with freshly plucked flowers. This not only fills the surrounding space with a sweet, natural scent, but also makes for a soothing and colourful sight to behold.
From the backward arc of the mouth of this urli emerges a dense network of vine. Its delicately curling tendrils gather over the tribhanga murari figurine of Krishna. Despite the scale, the standing figure of the flute-playing Lord has been carved with a wealth of detail, such as the fishtail hems of His angavastram and tall, luxuriantly engraved crown.
The peacock motif is to be found in abundance in this urli composition. A pair of them are perched on a sprig of vine standing on the lateral arcs. A tray of five discrete lamps are dangling from their beaks. Another pair of them, with open plumage, flank the Kirtimukham at the frontal midline of the urli.
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