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Standing Vishnu

Period:
Chola period (880–1279)
Date:
ca. third quarter of the 10th century
Culture:
India (Tamil Nadu)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 33 3/4 in. (85.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, John D. Rockefeller 3rd Gift, 1962
Accession Number:
62.265
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.
[ John J. Klejman , New York, by 1962; sold to MMA]
Kansas City. William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art. "Master Bronzes of India," 1965.

New York. Asia House Gallery. "Master Bronzes of India," October 12, 1965–December 11, 1965.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries," November 14, 1970–June 1, 1971.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of the Art of India from the Museum's Collections," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bronze Sculptures from Asia," February 25, 1975–March 21, 1976.

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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