8447

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    Indian Standing Bronze Vishnu

    South India
    17th century

    height: 18.2cm, width: 6.1cm, depth: 6cm, weight: 564g

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    Provenance

    UK art market

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

    The figure has four arms. His principal right arm is in varada-mudra. The hand of his principal left arm rests on his side in a katyavalambita gesture.

    The two upper arms would have held attributes but no longer are these present.

    Vishnu wears various fine body ornaments including complex earrings; a dhoti cast with stripes in high relief and with prominent, flowing ribbons; and a tall crown.

    The figure stands on a superb dais that comprises two lotus platforms stacked on one another.

    Overall, it is a fine and well cast piece with a wonderful colour.

    References

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

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