Standing Vishnu

Standing Vishnu

This early representation of the Hindu god of preservation combines a hieratic frontal pose with the deity’s four attributes: the wheel and a boss symbolizing the lotus in the upper and lower left hands, respectively, and a mace and a conch in the upper and lower right hands.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Four armed Vishnu, standing on a undercoated rectagonal base. the god is crowned and adorned with jeweled earrings, necklaces, girdle, armlets and bracelets, and a stylized flame halo. In his hand she holds his attributes: The flamed Chakra (wheel), boss (representing the lotus), conch and mace (which is now missing from his upper left hand). The graceful rendering of the dhoti, patterned with an incised stripe and dot pattern, and the scar draped at his hips, holding the sacred thread which extends from his left shoulder in place, in contrast to the hieratic posture of the figure are aspects of the subtlety of early Nepalese bronzes.

Details

  • Title : Standing Vishnu
  • Year : 9th-10th century
  • Classification : Sculpture
  • Medium : Copper alloy
  • Dimension : Height 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm
  • Accession No : 80.278.1
  • Country/ Geo-location : Nepal
  • Museum : Brooklyn Museum
  • Credit Line : Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky
  • Status : This item is not on view
  • COLLECTIONS : Asian Art
  • CAPTION : Standing Vishnu, 9th-10th century. Copper alloy, Height 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 80.278.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.278.1_SL1.jpg)
  • IMAGE : overall, 80.278.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph