Exhibitions: Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

This shrine is a miniature of a traditional Indian throne, which was designed to elevate the sitter while allowing him to sit in a cross-legged position. The parasol is an ancient mark of authority and often appeared over thrones, even indoors. This throne probably held a small icon, perhaps representing the infant Krishna, Vishnu on the serpent Shesha, or another figure in a seated or reclining position. It is also the right size to hold a shaligrama, the chakra-shaped fossil shell that is worshipped as a naturally occurring emblem of Vishnu.