Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252

This heroic representation of Vishnu wearing an elaborate crown stands on a plinth depicting the donor and his family flanking an auspicious vase of plenty (purnaghata). The dedicatory inscription identifies the donor as a minister of state, names the king he served, Simhadeva, and gives the place and date of dedication. The date coincides with Vishnu’s awakening after his annual four-month slumber, marking the end of the monsoon— an auspicious day to make a religious donation.

Vishnu, Copper alloy with gilding, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

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