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Hindu God Vishnu as Vaikuntha

9th century c.e.

Chlorite

11 5/8 × 8 3/8 × 1 in. (29.528 × 21.273 × 2.54 cm)
Gift of the Rubin-Ladd Foundation under the bequest of Ester R. Portnow
2006.239.4
This four-faced, two-armed form of Vishnu incorporates two of his primary manifestations, a lion and a boar, on either side of his head. He is attended by his consort, the goddess Lakshmi, and Chakrapurusha, the human manifestation of the disk that is one of Vishnu’s primary attributes.
Geography: 
Kashmir, India
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Karkota period (ca. 625–855 C.E.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Doris Weiner, NY; The Rubin - Ladd Foundation, NY and Georgetown, CT 2003 - 2006; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

This work appears on our "Antiquities and Archaeological Material with Provenance Documentation Gaps" page.
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.