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Asian Art

Hindu God Vishnu as Venugopala

16th–17th century

Gilt bronze

9 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (23.5 × 12 × 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.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Vijayanagara period (1336–1565)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

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

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.