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Altarpiece with Vishnu and Sri Devi

Creation date: ca. 800-900
Creation place: India

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Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase with Kenneth Brown Memorial Funds, Earle W. Grant Art Acquisition Funds, the Beatrice Lynds Bequest, and Asian Arts Council Funds
Accession Number: 2010.25
Dimensions: 12 1/4 in. x 7 in. (31.12 cm x 17.78 cm)


Doris Wiener, Inc., ( - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
One of the most powerful divinities of the Hindu pantheon, Vishnu stands next to his consort, Shri Devi, with one of his four arms tenderly encircling her waist. He is presented as a royal figure with a high crown, jewelry, and other attributes of power. Below them on the front of the base is Vishnu’s mount, the man-eagle Garuda. In the architectural setting of this work, above the central figures, is a lotus flower, and on either side are vyalas, griffin-like creatures that embody the creative energy of the divinities as it emanates into the world.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Temple Arts for Sacred Spaces of Southern Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

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