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Vishnu & his Consorts, Bhu Devi & Sri Devi
South India
17th-18th century

Vishnu height: 12.5cm, height of devis: 10.8cm

The important aspect of this Vishnu trio is that it is complete. Rarely are complete sets encountered nowadays; the pieces tend to become separated from one
another.

The trio shows Vishnu and his two consorts Bhu Devi and Sri Devi. It was cast in south India, most probably in the 17th or 18th century.  

Vishnu stands, holding a
chakra and a sankha in his secondary arms and his principal arms are in varada, by his side. He wears various body ornaments, a
striped
dhoti with prominent, flowing ribbons and a tall crown. His consorts are similarly attired.

The trio would have adorned the altar in a private family home.

Each figure stands on a lotus pedestal. The trio has a beautiful, golden patina, with ample wear from ritual (
puja) handling.

References:
Mitchell, A.G.,
Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4055 SOLD

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