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The Brahmanical Triad: Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu

Date:
8th–9th century
Culture:
India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, in honor of Cynthia and Leon Polsky, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.85
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
In a uniquely Kashmiri visualization, all three deities are represented in three-faced form: Brahma with three heads manifest and a fourth assumed; Shiva with his wrathful and feminine aspects projecting left and right; and Vishnu with his lion and boar avatars. Brahma is attended by a goose (hamsa), Shiva by his calf bull Vrsabha, and Vishnu by his purusas, the personifications of his weapons.
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