On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of South Asia, 2nd floor
Like the other early sculpture of Vishnu displayed here, this fragmentary figure once had four arms: two in front, holding a lotus seed and a conch shell, and two in back (now missing). The soft but athletic physique of the god is typical of Indian representations of divine males. The distinctive red sandstone was a favorite sculpting material in northern and central India for centuries; here, we can see the natural strata of the stone, made more visible by years of weathering.
late 4th-5th century
27 x 16 1/2 in. (68.6 x 41.9 cm)
base: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
mount: 27 1/2 × 16 1/2 × 6 in. (69.9 × 41.9 × 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster and anonymous donors
Vishnu, late 4th-5th century. Sandstone, 27 x 16 1/2 in. (68.6 x 41.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster and anonymous donors, 81.203. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.203_PS2.jpg)
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