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Vishnu

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
10th–11th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Gilt-copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Wt. 2 lbs (.9 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.501.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
Vishnu as the divine protector and preserver of order assumes a symmetrical posture, his four arms counter-balancing one another as he displays his martial kingly attributes: war discus, battle club, and conch-shell trumpet. His fourth hands holds the sphere denoting the earth goddess. He wears a tripartite crown, the central lobe displaying a lion face, a legacy of north Indian Gupta conventions of royal imagery.
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