Meditating Vishnu and Ten Avatars
1100-1150
India: Karnataka
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Hoysala Dynasty sculptures are typified by a highly ornate style of carving and exuberantly displayed adornments. This fine example portrays Vishnu engaged in meditation surrounded by tiny representations of his ten avatars along the upper edge above his head. In the "Bagavatgita," Krishna (one of Vishnu's avatars), manifests his cosmic form and pronounces "behold my yogic splendor!"

Details

  • Title: Meditating Vishnu and Ten Avatars
  • Date: 1100-1150
  • Medium: Schist
  • Dimensions: 49-1/4 x 27-1/4 x 15-1/4 in. (125.1 x 69.2 x 38.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1975.17.01.S

Object Information

Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 1232 p. 385
Pal, Pratapaditya, Marg, fig. 3 pp. 56-57
Pal, Pratapaditya, American Collectors of Asian Art, fig. 3 pp.120-121
Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, no. 218 pp. 296-297
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