23 September 2004
A Rare Bronze Figure of Vishnu and Lakshmi, Lakshminarayana
South India, Chola Period, 12th Century
Depicting Vishnu seated atop Garuda and with Lakshmi seated in his lap, his arms radiating around him and his consort clasping his waist while Garuda holds his feet and supports him with outstretched wings, all wearing elaborate bracelets and armlets, the details finely rendered, with a deep chocolate brown patina and wear from worship
11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high
Dr. Aschwin de Lippe, New York and Paris, 1965
By descent to the present owner.
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This striking composition represents a rarely depicted iconography in Chola bronze sculpture.
Compare with a smaller 15th century example at the Musée Guimet, see J. Hackin, La Sculpture Indienne et Tibétaine au Musée Guimet, 1931, pl. XXVIII.
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