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A Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu (The Lord Preserver) - c.1900

Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

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Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver
Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver
Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver
Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver
Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver
Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu The Lord Preserver

A Carved Ivory Figure of Vishnu (The Lord Preserver)
- c.1900

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 left leg

Otherwise excellent condition

7 3/4" ( 19.9 cm ) including base


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.



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