Title Balarama
Accession Number 47.36
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Archaeology
Object Type Archaeology
Main Material Bronze
Country India
Find Place Nalanda, Distt. Patna
Patron/Dynasty Pala
Period / Year of Work 9th Century AD
Dimensions Ht. 29.7cm Wd. 14.7 cm
Brief Description Four armed figure of Balarama Sankarshana or Anant Vasudeva Narayana, standing on a circular lotus pedestal mounted on a rectangular base, under the canopy of a seven-hooded serpent. In the upper right hand he carries a goad (gada), in the lower right a lotus flower; in the upper left a plough, and in the lower left a chakra (wheel). The proper left leg is slightly bent forward. The hair is braided upwards with three locks falling on each shoulder. He wears an ornamented coronet, two necklaces , beaded yajnopavita, circular earrings, vanamala, armlets, bracelets, anklets, the lower garments reaching below the knees and held at the waist by a girdle with a floral clasp in front and a sash around the thighs. On his either side stand two female deities with a plain nimbus around their heads. On the extreme ends of the shafts supporting the serpents canopy are two rampant lions over the elephants. Seated figure of the donor on the proper right corner of the base, in front. The base on the back bears an inscription recording that the image was erected during the reign of king Devapala in the 9th century A.D.