Vishnu Standing between His Consorts, Lakshmi and Sarasvati
India (Tamil Nadu)
5 3/4 x 1 7/8 in. (14.6 x 4.8 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman, 1962
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.