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Vishnu and Lakshmi with Avatars, 11th century

India: Himachal Pradesh, 1000-1099
Copper alloy
23-1/4 x 16-3/4 x 5 in. (59.1 x 42.5 x 12.7 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.48.1.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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This elaborate altarpiece is one of the most impressive Hindu bronzes to survive from the Pratihara Dynasty (805–1036) of north-central India. Vishnu affectionately embraces his wife Lakshmi, and the divine couple is surrounded by his various avatars or incarnations. The supreme form of Vishnu is placed at the peak of the arch, in which he sits in deep mediation holding his primary attributes the club and wheel.

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