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Four-Armed Deity

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India Anonymous,
Four-Armed Deity, c. 1800
Brass
5 in. x 2 1/4 in. x 1 in. (12.7 cm x 5.72 cm x 2.54 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.21


Marks
There is a piece of tape which reads "5" on the bottom.

Medium
Cast brass with red and blue glass beads.

Object Description
Statue of a figure with four arms (possibly Vishnu), holding implements: a conch shell, rattle, floral spray, and walking staff. There is also a dagger hanging at the figure's right hip. A coral bead is afixed at the belly, and two turquoise beads are placed at the eyes. The figure wears a hanging necklace, and has separate coils attached to it's back two arms, as armbands, and bracelets cast on it's front wrists. The figure is very stange in appearance; it stands on a raised dais.

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