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Laksmi Narayana

Asian Art

When Vishnu is shown with one wife, the pair is usually called Lakshmi-Narayana: Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune, and Narayana is another name for Vishnu. In most representations of divine couples, the goddess is much smaller than the god, but in this image Lakshmi is almost the same size as Vishnu. Their embrace, their exchange of gazes, and the synchronized sway of their bodies (a rare feature for Vishnu) all point to the happiness that can be achieved when male and female qualities meet in a balanced union.
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES 10th century
DIMENSIONS 43 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 7 in. (110.5 x 57.2 x 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of the Charles Bloom Foundation, Inc.
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CAPTION Laksmi Narayana, 10th century. Sandstone, 43 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 7 in. (110.5 x 57.2 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of the Charles Bloom Foundation, Inc., 86.191. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 86.191_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Laksmi Narayana