<em>Head of Vishnu</em>, 7th century. Sandstone, 5 7/8 x 2 15/16 in. (14.9 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Moses, 76.44. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.44_overall_PS11.jpg)

Head of Vishnu

Medium: Sandstone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:7th century

Dimensions: 5 7/8 x 2 15/16 in. (14.9 x 7.5 cm) mount (dims using mount m1): 6 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 5 1/4 in. (16.5 × 8.9 × 13.3 cm)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)


Accession Number: 76.44

Image: 76.44_overall_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Head of a crowned deity, probably Vishnu. Round face with full cheeks; narrow, almond-shaped eyes (open to delineated pupils); arched eyebrows joined at the bridge of the nose; aquiline nose; full lips, upturned at edges suggesting a smile; cylindrical headdress covering hair. Head is broken off below neck; part of right shoulder remains. Section of nimbus (?) remains at viewer's left. Scratch above right brow. Piece arrived with its own lucite base. Condition: sandstone has reddish tan discoloration. Stained and slightly worn throughout. Wear apparent at outer edge of brows, left eye, nose, edge of lips. Chip to top of nose and under nose. Upper edge of right ear chipped. Two deep crevices on top left of headdress and nimbus. Small scratch on left cheek.

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