Asian Tribal Art - Narasimha and Lakshmi, India

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Narasimha and Lakshmi
Lost wax cast bronze
2 1/2" (6.3 cm) high
16-17th 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 very softened 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, which has now worn away. He wears the conical crown kirita-mukuta while a seven-hooded serpent rises up his spine. He holds the discus or chakra in his upper right hand and the conch shell in his upper left. His lower left hand appears to be holding a vertical attribute, while his right hand holds a lotus bud. A small figure stands beneath his right hand in anjali-hasta, a mudra that indicates worship.


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