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Hindu God Vishnu as Vaikuntha-Kamalaja

16th century

Gilt bronze with inset gem stones

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
Culture: 
Nepalese
Period: 
Katmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan Kingdoms (1484 - 1768)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

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

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.