figurine, religious/ritual equipmentOn display
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In this early Gupta style image, Vishnu is represented as a four-armed, princely figure wearing a crown, garland and jewellery.
Glossary of terms
Vishnu is, with Shiva, one of the two most important gods in later Hinduism. He is regarded as sustainer of the universe and maintainer of order. Assuming various forms (avatars), he restores the balance of good and evil in the world.
Topsfield, Andrew, ‘Indian Art at the Ashmolean Museum’, Oriental Art, 43/4, (Winter 1997-1998), p. 28, illus. p. 25 fig. 7
Ahuja, Naman, Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018), no. 117