Vishnu
c. 950
Cambodia: Angkor period
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Vishnu is one of three gods that forms the Hindu trinity (trimurti). As the preserver of the universe, Vishnu is the embodiment of truth and justice. The cult of Vishnu was prominent during the Angkor period, as this monumental and exquisitely carved sculpture attests. Distinguished from other Khmer objects in the collection by its highly polished surface, this image of Vishnu holds a conch shell in his upper-left hand and a small orb in his lower-right hand.

Details

  • Title: Vishnu
  • Date: c. 950
  • Medium: Sandstone
  • Dimensions: overall: 72 x 31-1/2 x 19-1/2 in. (182.9 x 80 x 49.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1980.16.S
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Melody Rod-ari, Journal of the History of Collections, fig. 7 p. 488
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 904 p. 350
Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 11 pp. 68-69
Lerner, Martin, The Connoisseur, fig. 10 pp. 202-203
Knoke, Christine, Minerva, fig. 11 p. 29
Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 3: Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia, fig. 8, no. 142 pp. 106-107, 174, 178-179, 190, 196
McArthur, Meher, The Arts of Asia: A Guide to the Materials, Techniques and Styles, p. 236
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