Standing Vishnu

India (Tamil Nadu)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 240

Vishnu the Preserver is most often portrayed holding the militant attributes that symbolize his protective role. Here he holds a chakra (war discus) in his upper right hand and a shankha (conch battle trumpet) in his upper left. His lower left hand makes the gesture of resting on a gada (mace), while 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.

Standing Vishnu, Copper alloy, India (Tamil Nadu)

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