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Vishnu Standing between His Consorts, Lakshmi and Sarasvati

Period:
Nayaka period
Date:
17th–18th century
Culture:
India (Tamil Nadu)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
5 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (14.6 x 4.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman, 1962
Accession Number:
62.34.1
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.
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