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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1006.4

  • Description

    Cast bronze figure of standing four-armed Viṣṇu. In his back hands he holds his identifiable attributes (objects) of discus and conch. In his front hands, he holds a mace or staff and an orb. His robes fly out from the front and back. There is a tang on the base, indicating that the figure would have been mounted on a larger base, perhaps as part of a tableau.

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  • Date

    • 13thC-14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 14.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The objects (attributes) held by Vishnu are associated with the four guardians of the cardinal directions.

    The extended pieces of the figure's loin cloth are unusual. They give the figure a sense of movement or flight.

  • Condition

    good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1006.4

Cast bronze figure of standing four-armed Vi??u. In his back hands he holds his identifiable attributes of discus and conch. In his front hands, he holds a staff and a small round object. His robes protrude to the front and back. There is a tang on the base, indicating that the figure would have been mounted on a larger base or as part of a tableau.

Cast bronze figure of standing four-armed Vi??u. In his back hands he holds his identifiable attributes of discus and conch. In his front hands, he holds a staff and a small round object. His robes protrude to the front and back. There is a tang on the base, indicating that the figure would have been mounted on a larger base or as part of a tableau.

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