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Hindu God Vishnu as Vaikuntha-Kamalaja

13th century

Gilt bronze

8 7/8 × 5 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (22.5 × 14 × 8.3 cm)
Gift of the Rubin-Ladd Foundation under the bequest of Ester R. Portnow
2017.54.17
While several of the attributes held in the eight hands, such as the wheel and the conch shell, identify this figure as the Hindu god Vishnu, others, including the mango leaves, waterpot, mirror, and book, belong to his consort, Lakshmi. The iconography combining Vishnu and Lakshmi is common in Nepal, but rarely appears elsewhere in South Asia.
Geography: 
Nepal
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Nepalese
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Thomas Benedict Clarke (1848-1931) estate, New York, 1970s; Henry Sterling Collection, formed in the 1980s; Sotheby's, December 15, 1992 sale; purchased in 2001 from Kapoor Galleries, New York; The Rubin-Ladd Foundation, Georgetown, Conn., to 2017; gift in 2017 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. Exhibited at Denver Art Museum 1992-2010.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2017.pdf (accessed December 1, 2017).

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.