Vishnu Flanked by Lakshmi and Garuda
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)
Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1995
This stela shows a four-armed Vishnu holding his weapons—a conch and a club—in his upper hands. He is flanked on his right by his consort Lakshmi, and on his left by his vehicle, the solar bird Garuda, represented here in anthropomorphic form. Vishnu stands on a raised platform decorated with a stylized lotus plant and flower, while the goddess is on a lotus pedestal and Garuda is on tiered rocks, representative of his mountain abode. Each deity is surrounded by a pearl-and-flame aureole, as is the ensemble as a whole.
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