Exhibitions/ Art Object

Standing Vishnu

Period:
Chola period (880–1279)
Date:
ca. third quarter of the 10th century
Culture:
India (Tamil Nadu)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 33 3/4 in. (85.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Gift, 1962
Accession Number:
62.265
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
Vishnu the Preserver is most often portrayed holding the militant attributes that symbolize his protective role: in his upper right hand, a chakra (war discus), and in his upper left, a shankha (conch battle trumpet). In addition, his lower left hand makes the gesture of resting on a gada (mace). His lower right hand is held in abhayamudra (the gesture that allays fear). The upright prongs at either side of the pedestal originally supported a halo.
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