Asian Art

Hindu God Vishnu as Venugopala

16th–17th century

Gilt bronze

9 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (23.5 x 12 x 7 cm)
Purchased with a gift from the John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation, Inc.
2017.52.1
This elegant sculpture is a rare example of an iconography that combines Vishnu and his popular avatar, Krishna. Vishnu traditionally holds a wheel and a conch shell, but the flute is more commonly associated with Krishna.
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Vijayanagara period (1336–1646)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
India
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Purchased from Arader Galleries. Bonhams auction lot 3111 March 13, 2017.
Spink and Son Ltd., London; Private European Collection, acquired from above, 9 July 1958; thence by descent.

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.