Asian Tribal Art - Narasimha and Lakshmi, Tamil Nadu, India

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Narasimha with Lakshmi
Tamil Nadu, India
Lost wax cast bronze
3 1/8" (7.9 cm) high
17-18th century

The fourth avatar of Vishnu, Narasimha is known primarily as the 'Great Protector' who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need. In this finely detailed piece, he is shown with a lion’s head on Vishnu’s body, supporting his consort Lakshmi on his folded left leg. She holds a closed lotus in her left hand and wears the kuchabandha or breast band. He wears the conical crown kirita-mukuta and holds the discus or chakra in his upper right hand and the conch shell in his upper left. His lower left hand cradles Lasksmi's elbow while his right hand is in abaya-hasta mudra, which denotes assurance and protection.


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