A luxuriant canopy, such as the one you see on this page, is a recurrent motif in the iconography of Krishna. Avatara of Vishnu, the young and handsome Vrindavan cowherd, it is said that the music that emanated from His flute could give and uplift life. The murti of Him that you see on this page depicts Him breathing life and beauty into a tree by the sheer power of His flute.
Standing in the tribhanga (jutting out laterally at three junctures) stance, the Lord sets His lips to the mouth of the flute. His brow is grave and compassionate. An ethereal gaze emerges from them. He is clad in a dhoti of richly embroidered silk and adornments that bespeak His cosmic glamour. A multitude of sashes emerges from His curvaceous hips and touches the surface of the lattice-worked pedestal, upon which rest His lotus-shaped feet.
Yet the most striking aspect of this standing Krishna composition is the gorgeous canopy of the tree behind the figure. Its canopy is shaped in perfect symmetry, like one gigantic leaf with complex venation. Each stalk and leaf and sign of life, bird or flower, has been sculpted with lifelike finesse. Observe the composition from the back to appreciate the flawless handiwork.
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