May 8, 2014
Jan 2, 2007

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan, from a Persian translation of the Bhagavata Purana, c. 1625

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan, from a Persian translation of the Bhagavata Purana, c. 1625

1700s

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Sheet: 32.3 x 24.1 cm (12 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.); Image: 23.5 x 18 cm (9 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

Gift of Eugene and Joan Savitt in memory of Dr. and Mrs. E.K. Zaworski, her grandparents 2006.203

Exhibition

Life and Exploits of Krishna in Indian Paintings (Indian art rotation)

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This page is from a rare, illustrated Persian translation of a Hindu sacred text.

Description

Indra, king of the gods and controller of rain and thunder, was furious when Krishna decided to eat his annual offerings. Perched on his white elephant, Indra sent storms to destroy Krishna and his cowherd community, but Krishna effortlessly raised the nearby Mount Govardhan like an umbrella, and everyone rejoiced in his protection. Krishna balances the mountain on one finger while fluting and taking refreshment (paan) from a milkmaid. Below the figure of four-armed Krishna, Indra is shown defeated, kneeling in acquiescence to Krishna’s superior power.

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