Fragmentary standing figure of VishnuOn 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.
Fragmentary standing figure of Vishnu
Date4th century AD (AD 301 - 400)
Gupta Period (AD 320 - 600)
Material and technique
Dimensionswith pole 62 x 35 x 19 cm max. (height x width x depth)
without pole 52 x 35 x 19 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the the Art Fund, the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum, and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, 1996.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 12 | India to 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.
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