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Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu (The Lord Preserver)
Vishnu (The Lord Preserver) shown standing with left knee slightly bent
on a double oval plinth.
He wears royal garments and accoutrements including an elaborate crown
and around his neck the divine jewel (Kaustubha).
In his four hands he holds his most familiar attributes including the
conch (sankha), discus (chakra), mace (gada)
and lotus (padma).
All standing on a raised shaped hardwood base.
A very excellent and visually appealing, well defined carving.
Age-crack to plinth and lower
Otherwise excellent condition
7 3/4" ( 19.9 cm ) including
Vishnu is one of the principal Hindu deities, worshipped as the
all-pervasive world protector, preserver and restorer of moral order (dharma).
He is known mostly through one of his ten manifestations or
incarnations (avatars), Rama,
Krishna and Buddha being the predominant.
Vaishnavites, one of the largest Hindu groups, are the devotees of
Vishnu as Ishvara, the Supreme Being.
Because of his pervasive presence, images, temple architecture and
carving as the focus of worship are of great importance.