Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan

“One of the great masterpieces of world art was really given rise to by the openness of the Muslim mind.”

“Krishna Holds Up Mount Govardhan to Shelter the Villagers of Braj,” folio from a Harivamsa (The Legend of Hari (Krishna)), ca. 1590–95, present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore, ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Video from The Metropolitan Museum

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