Revealing Krishna

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by Sonya Rhie Mace with Bertrand Porte

Presents new research and discoveries centered on the early Cambodian masterpiece Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Introducing the Cleveland Krishna as one of eight monumental sculptures of Hindu deities from the sacred mountain of Phnom Da, Revealing Krishna presents evidence for its establishment in a cave sanctuary and recounts its fascinating journey from there to Cleveland in multiple pieces—including a decades-long detour buried in a garden in Belgium. An international team of specialists in archeology, the history of art and anthropology elucidate the long-fraught process of identifying the sculptural fragments that belong to the Cleveland Krishna and explain the new reconstructions unveiled in the 2021 exhibition Revealing Krishna. They place the Cleveland Krishna amid the material traces of a sophisticated population based in the Mekong River delta at the ancient metropolis known as Angkor Borei. Writing from different perspectives, the authors reveal the long-lasting influence and prestige of the image and the site, well into the Angkorian period to the present day

192 pages with 165 images

Published 2021