Hindu God Vishnu as Venugopala Artist: Unknown

16th–17th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

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.


Gilt bronze


9 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (23.5 × 12 × 7 cm)

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Purchased with a gift from the John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation, Inc.

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Vijayanagara period (1336–1565)


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Spink and Son, London; sold to private European collection, 9 July 1958; thence by descent; sale Bonhams, New York, March 13, 2017, lot 3111; sold to Arader Galleries (Walter Arader, dealer), New York, 2017; sold to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017
  • "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).
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