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Upper stele with hand for Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

Upper stele with hand for Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

c. 600

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Sandstone

Overall: 104.8 x 69.2 x 10.8 cm (41 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.)

Weight: 432lbs

Gift from the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia 1973.106.b

Location

On view at:

Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Apr 30, 2022 - Sep 18, 2022

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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.

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