Krishna Playing the Flute, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1700
The god Vishnu has many incarnations, or avatars, of which Krishna is one of the most important. In his rear set of hands, this Krishna holds two of Vishnu’s standard attributes, the wheel and the conch. With his front set of hands, he is making the gesture of flute playing. There are countless stories about Krishna, who is also the main character in the great Hindu epic, the Bhagavad Gita.