Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript
Date: ca. 1590–95
Geography: present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 11 3/8 in. x W. 7 7/8 in. (28.9 x 20 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1928
Accession Number: 28.63.1
As part of his policy of reconciliation between Muslims and Hindus, Emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) had the Hindu classics translated into the Persian language of the court and illustrated by his court artists. This painting is one of the finest results of his plans. The god Krishna protects the people of Braj against the destructive rain sent by the god Indra.