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Bronze Image of Vishnu
Karnataka, South India
height: 25.5cm, weight: 1,740g
This good-sized bronze image of Vishnu has been crisply cast with many fine details. The god is shown standing. He holds a chakra and a conch shell in his
secondary arms. His principal right arm is in varada-mudra. The hand of his principal left arm rests on his side in a katyavalambita gesture.
He wears various body ornaments, a striped dhoti with prominent, flowing ribbons, and a tall crown.
He stands on a tiered, engraved platform that has been cut with various holes to secure it to a larger platform.
The image is in excellent condition. It has a chocolate-brown patina.
It was acquired in the UK and most probably has been in the UK since the colonial era.
Archer, M. et al, Treasures from India: The Clive Collection at Powis Castle, The National Trust, 1987.
Mitchell, A.G., Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.
Provenance: UK art market
Inventory no.: 3766
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