Asian Tribal Art - Rama (Vishnu), Orissa or Rajasthan, India

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Rama (Vishnu)
Orissa or Rajasthan, India
Lost wax cast bronze
4 1/4" (10.7 cm) high
17th century

Rama is one of the most beloved incarnations of Vishnu. He holds a special place in Indian folklore, as the devoted husband who rescues his wife Sita from the demon Ravanna. As the hero in the Ramayana epic, he represents fidelity, gentleness and steadfastness, the ultimate qualities of manhood. Standing here in samapada pose, with his feet evenly placed, he carries a bow and quiver, and wields a weapon of some sort. A conical crown, a short striped dhoti, and a small hair disc complete his outfit. 


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