"Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj", Folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna))

Object Name: Folio from an illustrated manuscript

Date: ca. 1590–95

Geography: present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore

Culture: Islamic

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)

Classification: Codices

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.