Gum tempera and gold on paper
Image: 20.6 x 14 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.); with borders: 21.6 x 15.2 cm (8 1/2 x 6 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2001.45
Life and Exploits of Krishna in Indian Paintings (Indian art rotation)
Eyes cover the body of Indra, known as the "Thousand-Eyed One."
Krishna supports Mount Govardhan with nothing but his little finger as he gazes into the eyes of his favorite cowherd girl, Radha, and pats the head of a child. His brother Balarama, with white skin and a blue garment, adds further support with a staff. The cows and members of the herding community all cluster close to Krishna, sheltered from the raging storm sent by Indra riding his white elephant in the sky.
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