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 Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1995
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.
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