Praying before an icon of a Hindu god is like having an audience with a king: the worshipper bows and brings praise and offerings in hope of finding favor. Seated images of Vishnu often invite comparison to an enthroned ruler: the god sits with one leg pendent, a pose associated in Indian culture with royalty and a state of casual ease. His posture, his smile, and the way that he leans slightly forward all suggest that he is happy to speak with the visitor. He holds the conch shell and discus (here shown in profile), which emit small flames, an indication of their great power.
Pallava-Early Chola Dynasty
60 x 29 x 12 in., 900 lb. (152.4 x 73.7 x 30.5 cm, 408.24kg) (show scale)
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Gift of Alice Boney
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Seated Vishnu, 8th-9th Century. Granite, 60 x 29 x 12 in., 900 lb. (152.4 x 73.7 x 30.5 cm, 408.24kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alice Boney, 86.133. Creative Commons-BY
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