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    Standing Vishnu

    • Medium: Chlorite
    • Geographical Locations:
    • Dates: ca. 10th century
    • Period: Pala Period
    • Dimensions: 31 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (80.6 x 41.9 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 68.185.25
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Standing Vishnu, ca. 10th century. Chlorite, 31 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (80.6 x 41.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 68.185.25. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 68.185.25_bw_Design_scan.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: 4-armed Vishnu standing on a lotus pedestal, holding his usual symbols: mace in upper right hand, conch in the upper left. The lower right, now broken off, was probably in abhaya mudra. The lower left arm is missing. The two lower hands probably rested on open lotus flowers. Vishnu wears a dhoti with a wide girdle belted over it and jewels suspended from it. He wears armbands carved in low relief on the upper part of two lower arms and bracelets on the wrists of the upper arms. He wears a necklace and a sacred thread. A garland hangs about the body and is seen in front of it below the knees. He wears a diadem under which his hair curls on his forehead. On top of his head is a headdress carved with lozenge designs and an open lotus flower at top. He had large curls hanging down on his shoulder and wears earrings. Two small female attendants stand on his right and left sides below his lower arms. The female on Vishnu's right holds in her left hand the stem of an open lotus and a fly whisk and in her left hand an unidentified object. Above these female figures are carved in the back slab a leaping lion on each side of Vishnu. On each side of the halo surrounding Vishnu's head is one flying knowledge spirit flying toward the other. Below the lotus pedestal on which Vishnu stands are the attendant figures. Condition: Lower right hand broken at elbow level, lower right arm broken under armband decoration. The instrument that Vishnu was holding in his upper right hand is broken off.
    • Record Completeness: Good (73%)
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    Recent Comments
    01:54 09/8/2010
    The 2 smaller figures do not appear to be Vishnu's 2 wives Lakshmi & Sarasvati.
    Are they the personifications of his 2 primary weapons, the male, Cakrapurusa, as the war discus (cakra in his left hand?), & the female, Gadadevi, as the battle mace (gada in her right hand)?
    By Doug White

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