Torso of VishnuOn display
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Torso of Vishnu
Date6th - 7th century AD (AD 501 - 700)
Material and technique
Dimensionswith mount 44 x 17 x 9 cm max. (height x width x depth)
35 x 17 x 9 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, 2000.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 32 | India from AD 600
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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.
Dupont, Pierre, La statuaire préangkorienne, Artibus Asiae, Supplementum, 15 (Ascona: Artibus Asiae, 1955), passim, pl. XVII figs a & b, pl. XVIII figs a & b, pl. XIX figs a & b
O'Connor, Stanley J., Hindu Gods of Peninsular Siam, Artibus Asiae. Supplementum, 28 (Ascona: Artibus Asiae Publishers, 1972)