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Vishnu with Consorts

Type
Relief
Historical period(s)
Pala-Sena dynasty, 12th century
Medium
Black schist
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 95.2 x 42 x 14 cm (37 1/2 x 16 9/16 x 5 1/2 in) H (with tang): 108.7 cm (42 13/16 in)
Geography
India, Bihar/Bengal
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1927.7
Label
This stone stele features the Hindu god Vishnu, who may be recognized by his specific attributes. The mace and discus in his upper hands are his royal weapons, while the lotus and conch shell in his lower hands represent respectively purity and the watery origins of life. The crowned god stands surrounded by hovering celestial beings and flanked by Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, who carries a fly whisk, as well as Sarasvati, goddess of knowledge, who holds a musical instrument. Garuda, Vishnu's eagle vehicle, kneels to the left of the double-lotus base. This stone stele would once have occupied a niche in the outer walls of a temple dedicated to Vishnu.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Keyword(s)
apsara, conch shell, fly whisk, Garuda, India, Lakshmi, mace, Pala-Sena dynasty (750 - 1100), Sarasvati, schist, sudarshana chakra, Vishnu
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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