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Asian Art

Hindu God Vishnu

11th century

Bronze

12 in. (30.5 cm)
base: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Mrs. William H. Moore Fund
1961.25
Vishnu, the god of protection, is one of the three principal gods in the Hindu tradition and takes many avatars, including the popular Krishna. In his primary form, Vishnu has four arms and holds a lotus flower, mace, conch shell, and wheel.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
South Indian
Period: 
Chola period (ca. 850–1275)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. purchase in 1961.

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