This is the most popular imagery one sees for the infant Krishna - naked, adorned with jewels, his left hand outstretched and his right leg lifted in the movement of his dance - mimicking the form of dancing Shiva. The expression of dance, repeated in many of these Hindu deities of this era, show the considerable importance of dance in religious worship and practice.
Compare the styling of the jewelry including the kinkini and necklaces to another Chola bronze sold at Sotheby's New York, March 23, 2007. To reference the refined gestural movements, see Dehejia, V.; The Sensuous and The Sacred; Chola Bronzes from South India, New York, 2002, pp. 198 – 199, fig. 51.
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