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Vishnu with goddesses

Hindu sculpture
Historical period(s)
Eastern Ganga dynasty, 12th-13th century
H x W: 43.9 x 20 cm (17 5/16 x 7 7/8 in)
India, Orissa
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Vishnu is one of the three principal Hindu deities. Here he is shown flanked, on the right, by Shri Lakshmi, goddess of good fortune, and, on the left, by Sarawati, goddess of learning. The shrine was made for daily domestic worship. The shrine is mounted on an altar with a drain to carry off fluids used in ritual bathing of the image. With its base, walls, spire, and water-jar finial, the shrine is a miniature version of Hindu temples built in the eastern state of Orissa during the same period.
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture
attendant, casting, conch shell, Eastern Ganga dynasty (700 - 1299), India, Lakshmi, lotus, Sarasvati, shrine, Vishnu, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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