Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

c. 600


Overall: 203.1 x 68 x 55.5 cm (79 15/16 x 26 3/4 x 21 7/8 in.)

Weight: 907.184 kg (2000 lbs.)

John L. Severance Fund 1973.106


Did you know?

Gold earrings were once fastened to the sculpture using holes in the figure's earlobes.


This masterwork of early Cambodian sculpture shows the Hindu god Krishna effortlessly holding aloft a mountain to protect his fellow villagers and herds from torrential storms sent by a jealous old god. It is one of eight monumental monolithic figures recovered from a two-peaked mountain in the floodplains of the Mekong River delta, on the outskirts of the ancient urban center of Angkor Borei.


Who Is Krishna?
Early Cambodian Sculpture
Reassembling the Sculpture
See also
Cambodian Art
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