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Hindu God Vishnu

10th–11th century


35 3/4 × 9 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (90.81 × 24.77 × 13.97 cm)
without tang: 27 1/2 in. (69.85 cm)
base: 9 × 8 1/4 × 7 1/8 in. (22.86 × 20.96 × 18.1 cm)
Lent by Michael de Havenon, B.A. 1962, and Georgia de Havenon
The erect posture, crown, and jewelry are characteristics of Vishnu. The object held in the deity’s upraised right hand appears to be a ball of butter, a reference to Vishnu’s avatar as Krishna, who stole butter as a child.
On view
Chola period (ca. 850–1275)

David Swope (1941–2018), Ossining, New York, by 2011 [see note 1]; sold to Michael and Georgia de Havenon, New York, April 9, 2011; on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–

Note 1: David Swope joined the Peace Corps and lived for two and a half years in India in the 1960s; forming a life-long love of India and Indian art, he visited India often.

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