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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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Amy and Robert L. Poster and anonymous donors
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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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