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Vishnu with goddesses

Type
Hindu sculpture
Historical period(s)
Eastern Ganga dynasty, 12th-13th century
Medium
Bronze
Dimension(s)
H x W: 43.9 x 20 cm (17 5/16 x 7 7/8 in)
Geography
India, Orissa
Credit Line
Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1966.15
Label
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
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Keyword(s)
attendant, casting, conch shell, Eastern Ganga dynasty (700 - 1299), India, Lakshmi, lotus, Sarasvati, shrine, Vishnu
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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