Vishnu Standing between His Consorts, Lakshmi and Sarasvati
India (Tamil Nadu)
5 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (14.6 x 4.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman, 1962
Not on view
Vishnu periodically manifests himself on earth to save the world from cosmic dangers. His ten avatars are: Matsya, the fish; Kurma, the tortoise; Varaha, the boar; Narasimha, the man-lion; Vamana, the dwarf; Parasurama; Rama; Krishna; the Buddha; and Kalki, the avatar yet come. Here, he is raised on a pedestal and flanked by his two wives.