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Vishnu Flanked by Lakshmi and Garuda

Thakuri period
11th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
H. 19 14 in. (48.9 cm); W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); D. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1995
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
In early Nepalese art, triads were favored in both Hindu and Buddhist imagery. This stela depicts Vishnu in his four-armed form, displaying, in raised hands, his principal weapons—a discus and a club. Attending him are his consort, the goddess Lakshmi, and the eagle Garuda, his celestial vehicle, represented in anthropomorphic form. Vishnu stands on a raised platform decorated with a stylized lotus plant and a flower cartouche, while Lakshmi is on a lotus pedestal and Garuda is on tiered rocks, representing his mountain abode. Each deity is surrounded by a pearl-and-flame aureole, as is the entire ensemble.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition," July 29, 2008–March 22, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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