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Left Thigh for Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

Left Thigh for Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

c. 600

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Weight: 39 lbs

John L. Severance Fund 1973.106.d


On view at:

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

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.

See also
Cambodian Art
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