Current Location:
Zumberge Administration (JHZ) -> 4th Floor (JHZ)
Location Notes:
JHZ; 4th Floor; Outside of Rm. 4033;JHZ; 4th Floor; Outside of Rm. 4033;JHZ; 4th Floor; Outside of Rm. 4033

The Art of India ➔ Krishna, the Divine Herdsman (Govinda)

Artwork
Medium:
Carved Wood
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 35.75 in Width: 19 in Depth: 5.5 in
Description:
A wall sculpture of a figure holding a flute with two of his four hands. A bull is standing behind the figure. The base has a large floral circle in the center and extends to the top of the figure like a frame.
Historical Context:
As a young man, Krishna was a cowherd and is also referred to as Govinda (finder of cows) or Gopala (protector of cows). In Hinduism, cows are considered sacred animals because they are a symbol of abundance, life, and the earth that gives without asking. The cow is considered the mother of humanity as her milk nurtures babies--the role of a human mother. Krishna looked after the cows, and in this context he is referred as the divine herdsman, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, the preserver of the universe.