Relief Tile Depicting Balarama Abducted by the Demon Pralamba
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) (show scale)
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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)
overall, L1998.2.1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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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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