This figure can be identified as Balarama because of the hooked plow that he holds in his left hand (now damaged) and the multiple hooded cobra heads that appear above his left shoulder. The snake hoods recall the god’s role as a manifestation of the serpent Shesha. The placement of the snake hoods at one side is extremely unusual; typically they circle Balarama’s head like a halo.
ca. 8th-9th century
17 1/2 x 10 3/4in. (44.5 x 27.3cm)
Other: 17 1/2 x 10 3/4in. (44.5 x 27.3cm) (show scale)
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Balarama, ca. 8th-9th century. Red sandstone, 17 1/2 x 10 3/4in. (44.5 x 27.3cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.158. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.227.158_PS2.jpg)
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