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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Indian, Bengal
Title:The God Vishnu and Consorts
Date Made:11th-12th century
Type:Sculpture
Materials:Phylite
Measurements:Overall: 47 1/4 in x 27 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in; 120 cm x 69.8 cm x 21 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1963.175
Credit Line:Museum purchase
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Description:
This stele depicts of one of his emanational forms. Vishnu displays his customary attributes: the lotus blossom, the gesture of charity, the mace or club, the conch, and the wheel or discus. He is flanked by his consorts, Sri-Lakshmi who holds a flywhisk and Sarasvati who plays the vina. Two smaller attendants flank the goddesses, their scale indicative of their relative importance. Other features reflect the luxurious decoration favored by East Indian sculptors, such as the foliate borders, flying angels, and a face of glory at the apex.

Tags:
angels; figures; Hinduism; portraits; religion; sculpture

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