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Vishnu with goddesses
12th-13th century

Eastern Ganga dynasty

Bronze
H: 43.9 W: 20.0 cm
Orissa, India

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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.