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Exhibitions/ Art Object

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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Krishna: Mythology and Worship," February 9, 2004–May 9, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ramayana," July 6, 2005–October 9, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in the Punjab Hills," November 20, 2007–March 16, 2008.

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