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Vishnu Flanked by His Personified Attributes

Pala period
early 9th century
India (Bihar)
H. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238
Vishnu rests his lower right hand on Chakrapurusha, the personification of his war discus, the chakra. His lower left hand rests on the head of Gadadevi, the female personificaiton of his mace.
Inscription: 2 line inscription on base
[ Eastern Pacific Co. , Hong Kong, by 1990, sold to the Irvings] ; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1990 until 2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama," December 19, 2015–June 5, 2016.

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