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Vishnu

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES Late 4th-5th Century
PERIOD Gupta Period
DIMENSIONS 27 x 16 1/2 in. (68.6 x 41.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 81.203
CREDIT LINE Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster and anonymous donors
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, 81.203_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Vishnu