Dec 21, 2020
After 2020 restoration
After 1978 restoration
Dec 21, 2020
After 2020 restoration
Dec 21, 2020
Detail of the 2020 restoration
Dec 22, 2020
Detail of the 2020 restoration
Dec 24, 2020
Detail of 2020 restoration
Digital rendering of 3D model of 2020 restoration overlaid with artist’s reconstruction
Photo taken at the time of the 1973 acquisition, CMA Archives neg no. 42719
Feb 10, 2021
Upper stele with hand, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Back side of upper stele with hand, 2021
Dec 23, 2020
After 2020 restoration, left profile
Dec 23, 2020
After 2020 restoration, right profile

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

c. 600

Sandstone

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

Location

Did you know?

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

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
Cambodian Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Sandstone

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