This sculpture depicts Vishnu sleeping in an ocean of darkness on the naga, Shesha, just before the bright sound of "Om" wakens him, so that he may bear Brahma on a lotus from his navel to create the world. See Lot 164 for an Indian depiction of the next moment. For a complete rendition of the scene in the Koh Ker style from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection, see M. Lerner and S. Kossak, The Lotus Transcendent, 1991, cat. no. 127.