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South Indian Bronze Image of Vishnu

Karnataka, South India
circa 1800

height: 25.5cm, weight: 1,740g



UK art market

This good-sized bronze image of Vishnu has been crisply cast with many fine details. The god is shown standing. He holds a chakra and a conch shell in his secondary arms. 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 body ornaments, a stripeddhoti with prominent, flowing ribbons, and a tall crown.

He stands on a tiered, engraved platform that has been cut with various holes to secure it to a larger platform.

The image is in excellent condition. It has a chocolate-brown patina.

It was acquired in the UK and most probably has been in the UK since the colonial era.


Archer, M. et al, Treasures from India: The Clive Collection at Powis Castle, The National Trust, 1987.

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

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