Figure, of Vishnu

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made in Pakistan

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Figure, of Vishnu

This sculptured stone figure of the Hindu god Vishnu dates to the late 11th or early 12th century and was discovered in the Bogra District of Pakistan. It was executed in Bengal in eastern India during the Pala/Sena period.

The standing figure of Vishnu is carved in dark grey stone and has an open background. Vishnu has four-arms (one hand in gift-bestowing attitude, the others holding conch, wheel and mace), and wears a crown and rich ornaments and clothing. At each side is 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 (defective) bears small figures carved in relief.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-555-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1955.70
Date: 11th - 12th century
11th or 12th century
Material: Stone, dark grey, background carved in relief
Dimensions: 21.00" H x 9.00" W
What: Sculpture / figure / Vishnu
Subject: Sculpture
Who: Lakhshmi
Where: India, North East India
Description: Four-armed figure of Vishnu carved in dark grey stone with an attendant female figure at each side: Indian, North East India, Pala period, 11th to 12th century
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