Figure, of Vishnu

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made in Pakistan

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Figure, of Vishnu

This four-armed figure of the Hindu god Vishnu carved in dark grey stone was discovered in the Bogra District of Pakistan, and dates to the late 11th or early 12th century. It was executed in Bengal in Eastern India during the Pala/Sena period.

Carved in dark grey stone, the four-armed figure (the lower left arm is broken off) is standing, against an open background, and wears a crown and necklaces. At each sideis an attendant female figure. These are two of Vishnu's consorts: Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Abundance, and Sarasvati - holding a vina - the Goddess of Intellect, the Arts and Music. The background, which rises to a peak, is carved in relief with flying angels, heavenly musicians and monsters.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-554-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1955.69
Date: 10th century
Late 11th or early 12th century
Material: Stone, dark grey, background carved in relief
Dimensions: 34.50" H x 16.50" W
What: Sculpture / figure / Vishnu
Subject: Sculpture
Who: Lakhshmi
Where: Asia, East Pakistan, Bengal, Bogra District
Description: Four-armed figure of Vishnu carved in dark grey stone with an attendant female figure at each side: East Pakistani, Bengal, Bogra Distruct, 10th century
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