Antique/Vintage Framed Glass Painting of Krishna Playing his Flute, India (3982MCE) $395


H: 16″ W: 13″ D: 1″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

This vibrant glass painting of Krishna along with the painting of a Peacock (3983MCE) were insets in a highly decorated Indian wood cabinet or chest. Krishna is one of the most popular Hindu deities, beautifully depicted here in a bright yellow dhoti, peacock feather crown, and jewels in serenading his adoring gopis with his engaging flute. The unique frame complements the paianting’s richness and vintage feel.


This framed glass folk-art painting of Krishna, the Hindu god of compassion, protection and love, was once inset as a front panel along with the  Peacock Panel (3983MCE) in a decorative antique Indian cabinet or chest. In Hinduism when the world is threatened with evil, chaos or destructive forces, Vishnu descends to earth as one of his incarnations (avatars) to restore cosmic order and protect sacred teachings. Krishna is one of the most important Vishnu avatars who defeated the demon Narakasura and freed his kingdom’s people, an act which symbolizes righteousness, removal of darkness and achieving prosperity, peace and happiness. As one of the most popular Indian divinities and focus of many cults, his mythology, feats and vibrant personality have inspired religious music, painting and poetry. He is also the central character in the epics the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. Myths about him stress his duality: he is a god disguised as a mortal,  a prince disguised as a commoner and his miraculous feats reveal him as the punisher of human misdeeds but also the bringer of enlightenment ( His name means “dark one,” he is referred to as the Blue Lord and is often depicted with blue skin. His most common portrayal is as Venugopala (cowherd with a flute) with him playfully serenading a massive herd of cows and Gopis (wives and daughters of the cowherds) with magical melodies of his flute in the bucolic groves at Brindavan (Norton Simon). He wears a bright yellow dhoti, his favorite color and nine jewels including studded amulets, bracelets, signet ring, anklets and a pearl necklace. The ornate peacock feathers in his long black hair are worn in deference to the peacocks who laid their feathers in front of him to honor his melodious flute playing. Uniquely framed, both panels are greatly enhanced by being displayed as a pair.

Click to view the  VA Instagram post on the Krishna Glass Painting (3982MCE)

Sources, Krishna Hindu Deity,

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Ca., Painted Wooden Indian Temple Panels, Kerala, India, descriptive tags., World History Encyclopedia, “Krishna.”


Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)



Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 16” W: 13” D: 1”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 40.64cm W: 34.92cm D: 33.02cm


Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear

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