A Vintage South Indian Golu or Kolu: Krishna

$95.00 USD

mid twentieth century
8" x 2 3/4" x 2", 20.25 cm x 7 cm x 5 cm

This charmingly rendered and painted molded figure is what is called in South India a golu or kolu.

These figures--and there were many gods and goddesses depicted in the form of golu--were set out in traditional home displays in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during the nine night Hindu festival called Navratri

This golu depicts Lord Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu and one of the most popular and beloved Indian gods. He is shown here in one of his most well-known poses, that of playing his flute. His skin is a beautiful shade of blue and his lavish crown is adorned with peacock feathers. His shoulders are draped with a garland of fragrant flowers and he is outfitted with a beautiful set of heavy gold bracelets, a necklace and a low-slung belt.

Krishna is adored in India for many qualities, not least among them being his fun-loving and mischievous nature, but also for the powerful love and devotion he inspires in those who are devoted to him.

As can be easily seen on the accompanying detail photographs, this golu of Krishna shows a good deal of wear, patina and surface damage.

This is an approachable and collectible image of this beloved god and it also is a golu with a good deal of age and charm.