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Vishnu

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India Anonymous,
Vishnu, c. 1800
Bronze
6 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 1 3/4 in. (16.51 cm x 8.89 cm x 4.45 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.28


Commentary
Vishnu, as the preserver of the universe is a principal deity in India and wears a crown symbolizing his supreme authority. He holds a conch shell that produces the primordial sound "OM" and a mace that represents elemental powers to protect and sustain the universe.
- Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Solid cast bronze.

Object Description
Figure of Vajratana, wearing stupa headgear, holding a conch shell (symbol of Vajratana) in his left hand, with a fleur-de-lis symbol engraved on the palm. A dorje (vajra) is held in his right hand. The figure stands on a square, raised dais. His feet are bare, and he wears ornate jewelry and a long sarong. A protrusion of bronze rises from the back of his head.

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