H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Wt. 2 lbs (.9 kg)
Gift of Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1986
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
Vishnu as the divine protector and preserver of order assumes a symmetrical posture, his four arms counter-balancing one another as he displays his martial kingly attributes: war discus, battle club, and conch-shell trumpet. His fourth hands holds the sphere denoting the earth goddess. He wears a tripartite crown, the central lobe displaying a lion face, a legacy of north Indian Gupta conventions of royal imagery.