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Relief Tile Depicting Balarama Abducted by the Demon Pralamba

Asian Art

MEDIUM Terracotta, traces of polychromy
  • Possible Place Made: Northern, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • DATES 5th century
    PERIOD Gupta Period
    DIMENSIONS 22 x 15 1/2 x 6 1/4 in., 27.5 lb. (55.9 x 39.4 x 15.9 cm, 12.47kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2018.42.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Gwenn Miller in memory of Barbara Stoler Miller
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Relief Tile Depicting Balarama Abducted by the Demon Pralamba, 5th century. Terracotta, traces of polychromy, 22 x 15 1/2 x 6 1/4 in., 27.5 lb. (55.9 x 39.4 x 15.9 cm, 12.47kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gwenn Miller in memory of Barbara Stoler Miller, 2018.42.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L1998.2.1_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, L1998.2.1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Male sitting astride the shoulders of a demon dwarf. The pair appear to depict the story of Balarama (an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu and the brother of Krishna) subduing the whirlwind demon, Pralamba. Pralamba attempted to abduct Balarama by using his form as a tornado to lift him into the sky, but the deity made himself heavy and eventually grounded the demon.
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