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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1956,1210.7

  • Description

    Figure of Laksminarayan, the conjoined male (Vishnu) and female (Lakshmi) form of the deity; cf. the Saiva, Ardhanarisvara (Śiva and Parvati joined). Standing on lotus throne, the differing characteristics have been subtly indicated in details such as the single female breast, the different earrings and the differential pleating of the 'dhoti' - the male side (right) terminates with a zig-zag motif, while the female side sweeps away gracefully from the centre line. Made of gilded bronze, inlaid with turquoise and a precious stone (perhaps ruby).

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  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 5.7 inches
  • Curator's comments

    Blurton 1992:
    In matters of religion, the Nepalese have often displayed a remarkable degree of syncretism. This conjoined image is in keeping with this spirit.

  • Bibliography

    • Menzies 2006 cat 41, p. 74-75 bibliographic details
    • Blurton 1992 p.150, fig.95 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1956

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1956,1210.7

Figure (Vishnu.Lak?mi). Standing on lotus throne. Made of gilded and stones (semi-precious) inlaid bronze.

Figure (Vishnu.Lak?mi). Standing on lotus throne. Made of gilded and stones (semi-precious) inlaid bronze.

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