"Murli Manohara" Large Wooden Standing Lord Krishna Playing Flute

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  •  The fluting Krishna idol in Hindu culture is synonymous with the heart-warming, omnipresent beauty of the divine, which is why these idols are affectionately addressed to as “Murli Manohara” – the taker (hara) of heart, who plays the flute (Murli). Draped in a floral sringaar that imbues him with an exquisite grandeur, this teakwood Murli Manohara Krishna statue is a breathtaking representation of Sri Krishna in Hindu art
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Item Code: MIT728
Height: 46 inch
Width: 17 inch
Depth: 6 inch
Weight: 30 kg
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On a bloomed lotus, Sri Krishna stands in a variation of his characteristic Tribhanga or triple bent posture. His thick curls are tied in a high-raising hairdo which is adorned with jeweled strings and a Sirachakra (hair ornament on the back).  A U-shaped Vaishnava tilak is engraved on Krishna’s angelic face, which is the perfection of facial features, beautified with arched eyebrows, large animated eyes and softly smiling lips. Several bejeweled ornaments such as Haaram, Ratnamalika (necklaces), Udarbandha (belly belt), Bajubanda (armlet), bracelets with jeweled chains attached to rings, Mekhala (an elaborate waistbelt), and anklets. Tightly needled blossoms form Sri Krishna’s legendary Vaijayanti mala or Vanamala, whose large floral pendant swings dynamically to his right. Krishna is depicted wearing a Pitambara (yellow cloth) as his dhoti in this woodwork, which is wrapped tightly with fine chains around his legs that give his attire a snug and diaphanous appearance.

Refined details are added to this wooden Krishna statue to recreate the aura of Krishna playing the flute in the grooves of Vrindavan. The motif engraved on his Murli is a Makara- a mythical sea creature associated with divinity, beauty, and royalty, commonly present in Hindu idols of Sri Vishnu and his incarnations. A thin yet clearly outlined Yajnopavita (sacred thread) runs diagonally on Krishna’s chest, tucked under the two jeweled belts he wears. Incised lines on the lotus flower give a natural touch to Krishna’s floral pedestal, whose visible softness is only surpassed by the god’s foot, which lightly curves to rest on the flower. Seamless polishing on the torso of Krishna creates a balance of suppleness on his waist and an impression of divine strength on his shoulders. A multitude of vegetation (symbols of life and its beginning) flows around as Krishna plays his Murli, highlighting Krishna as the eternal source of life's essence. A stylistically carved peacock is perched on Sri Krishna’s shoulders as if lost in the beauty of the fluting Lord. Krishna, in Hindu literature, is often described as a nimbus, a rain-filled cloud due to his dark skin tone. Peacock, a bird who awaits and celebrates the arrival of monsoon and is a symbol of love, has found its refuge in the dark-skinned epitome of love and divinity- Sri Krishna.

How to care for Wood Statues?

Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.


  • Wood tends to expand and contract even after it has been processed, thus it is always recommended to keep the wooden sculptures in rooms with little humidity. Excess moisture can harm your masterpiece.


  • Periodical dusting of the finished piece is necessary to maintain its beauty as dust accumulation on the surface takes away the shine of the sculpture. You can use a clean and soft cloth or a hairbrush for this purpose.


  • You must avoid applying any chemical-based solutions that may damage the wood from the inside. Instead, you can apply lemon oil or coconut oil using a cotton rag to the sculpture to bring out its natural shine. Lemon oil also helps to clean any stains on the sculpture.


  • Applying a layer of beeswax protects the wood from sun damage and hides even the smallest imperfections on the wood.


It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster. 

How are wood statues made?

Wood has been a preferred material for sculptures and statues since ancient times. It is easy to work with than most metals and stones and therefore requires less effort to shape it into any desired shape or form. The texture of the wood gives an element of realism to the sculpture. The selection of an appropriate wood type is necessary for carving. Woods that are too resinous or coniferous are not considered good for carving as their fiber is very soft and thus lacks strength. On the other hand, wood such as Mahogany, Oakwood, Walnut wood, Weet cherry wood, etc., are preferred by sculptors because their fiber is harder.

A wood sculptor uses various tools such as a pointed chisel in one hand and a mallet in another to bring the wood to the desired measurement and to make intricate details on it. A carving knife is used to cut and smooth the wood. Other tools such as the gouge, V-tool, and coping saw also serve as important tools in wood carving. Although the wood carving technique is not as complex and tough as stone carving or metal sculpting, nonetheless, a wood carver requires a high level of skills and expertise to create a stunning sculpture.

1. Selecting the right wood

The process of wood carving begins with selecting a chunk of wood that is required according to the type and shape of the statue to be created by the sculptor. Both hardwoods and softwoods are used for making artistic pieces, however, hardwoods are preferred more than softer woods because of their durability and longevity. But if heavy detailing is to be done on the statue, wood with fine grain would be needed as it would be difficult to work with hardwood.

2. Shaping the wood

Once the wood type is selected, the wood carver begins the general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. A gouge is a tool having a curved cutting edge which is useful in removing large unwanted portions of wood easily without splitting the wood. The sculptor always carves the wood across the grain of the wood and not against it.


3. Adding detailing

When a refined shape of the statue is obtained, it is time for making details on the statue using different tools. This is achieved by using tools such as a veiner to make and a V-tool to create decorative and sharp cuts.


4. Surface finishing

Once finer details have been added, the sculptor is ready to smoothen the surface and give it a perfect finish. Tools such as rasps and rifflers are used to get a smooth surface. The finer polishing is obtained by rubbing the surface with sandpaper. If a textured surface is required, this step is skipped. Finally, to protect the statue from excessive dirt accumulation, the sculptor applies natural oils such as walnut or linseed oil all over it. This also brings a natural sheen to the statue.


Wood statues are lighter in weight and less expensive than metal or stone pieces. Because wood is prone to fast decay by fungus and algae, statues made out of this material are not preferred to be kept outside. The rich tradition of wood carving in countries such as Africa, Egypt, India, and Nepal has been followed for many centuries. Indian craftsmen are specialized in this classic art and continue to exhibit their extraordinary artistic skills.

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