Asian Tribal Art - Lord Vishnu, India

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Lord Vishnu
Lost wax cast bronze
3" (7.6 cm) high
16-17th century

Vishnu is one of the principal Hindu Gods, worshiped as the protector and preserver of the world and restorer of dharma (moral order).  Vishnu is known chiefly through his avatars (incarnations), particularly Rama, Krishna and Buddha.  In theory, Vishnu manifests a portion of himself anytime he is needed to fight evil, and his appearances are innumerable; ten incarnations of Vishnu are most commonly recognized. Here he stands with his weight on his left leg, wearing a short striped dhoti and a conical kirita-mukuta crown. His right hand holds a flywhisk that drapes over his shoulder, a symbol of his royal nature.


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