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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 77

    KRISHNA LIFTS MOUNT GOVARDHAN

    PROBABLY KANGRA, NORTH INDIA, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    KRISHNA LIFTS MOUNT GOVARDHAN
    PROBABLY KANGRA, NORTH INDIA, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, Krishna standing on a golden platform lifts the mountain to protect the villagers and cowherds from the torrential rains sent by Indra, mount Erawan above, in floral margins, mounted
    11½ x 9½in. (29.2 x 24.2cm.)


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    Krishna, having heard of the villagers preparing a puja for Indra dissuades them on account that no sacrifice should be performed to solicit natural phenomenon. Instead of spending time and energy in rituals the villagers should tend to their fields, cattle and households. Upon hearing Krishna's words and as punishment for such affront, Indra, the penultimate god and master of war, rivers, rains and thunderbolts unleashes a great storm to flood the village. Krishna uproots mount Govardhan and shields the villagers and their cattle. Thus defeated, Indra accepts Krishna as the supreme Lord.