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Bronze Standing Vishnu
South India
circa 1700

height: 19.2cm, width: 8.3cm, weight: 910g

This good-sized image of Vishnu has been cast as a single piece in bronze. It has clear signs of age; a pleasing, dark patina; and wear from puja rituals that
have softened its contours but left its features intact.

The figure stands holding a
chakra in his secondary right arm. The attribute in the secondary left arm is now missing. His principal right arm is in
varada-mudra. The hand of his principal left arm rests on his side in a katyavalambita gesture.

He wears various fine body ornaments, a striped
dhoti with prominent, flowing ribbons, and a tall crown. Delicately serrated ribbons fall from the tops of the
ears down the shoulders.

The figure stands on an engraved platform which has two pairs of lugs or ringlets on either side which would have allowed it to be secured to a broader
platform.

Overall, it is a fine piece. There are minor, age and use-related losses. It is however, well cast and very sculptural.

References:
Mitchell, A.G.,
Hindu Gods and Goddesses, UBSPD, 1982.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 5040

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