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Stele with Vishnu, His Consorts, His Avatars, and Other Dieties

Asian Art

This icon depicts Vishnu flanked by his consorts, avatars, and other deities. Not all ten of the avatars are present. Striding Varaha the boar is at the top left, with the man-lion Narasimha below him, while the top two figures on the right appear to be Balarama with his plow and Rama with his bow and arrow. The other small figures include the god Brahma (portly and carrying a squarebowled spoon at the bottom left), two Vishnus, and another, unidentified deity. How to interpret this mix of avatars, additional Vishnu images, and Brahma is unclear.
DATES 11th century
PERIOD Pala Period
DIMENSIONS 48 x 20 3/4 x 5 in., 192 lb. (121.9 x 52.7 x 12.7 cm, 87.09kg)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. David R. Nalin
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CAPTION Stele with Vishnu, His Consorts, His Avatars, and Other Dieties, 11th century. Schist, 48 x 20 3/4 x 5 in., 192 lb. (121.9 x 52.7 x 12.7 cm, 87.09kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. David R. Nalin, 1991.244. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1991.244_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Stele with Vishnu, His Consorts, His Avatars, and Other Dieties