Vishnu and Lakshmi with his Avatars and Attendants

Vishnu and Lakshmi with his Avatars and Attendants
Place Made:
India: Himachal Pradesh
Date:
11th century
Medium:
Copper alloy 
Dimensions:
23-1/4 x 16-3/4 x 5 in. (59.1 x 42.5 x 12.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1972.48.1.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

This elaborate altarpiece is one of the most impressive Hindu bronzes to survive from the Pratihara Dynasty (805–1036) of north-central India. Vishnu affectionately embraces his wife Lakshmi, and the divine couple is surrounded by his various avatars or incarnations. The supreme form of Vishnu is placed at the peak of the arch, in which he sits in deep mediation holding his primary attributes the club and wheel.

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