Vishnu on a lotus petal throneOn display
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Vishnu on a lotus petal throne
Material and technique
gouache and gold leaf on paper
Dimensionspage 24.4 x 19.3 cm sight size (height x width)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Frederick Henry Andrews, 1958.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
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.
Branfoot, Crispin, ‘Pilgrimage in South Asia: Crossing Boundaries of Space and Faith’, Ruth Barnes and Crispin Branfoot, eds, Pilgrimage: The Sacred Journey (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2006), p. 72, illus. p. 73 fig. 72