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Vishnu, c. 950

Cambodia: Angkor period, 925-975
Sandstone
72 in. (182.9 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1980.16.S
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Vishnu is one of three gods that forms the Hindu trinity (trimutri). As the preserver of the universe, Vishnu is the embodiment of truth and justice. The cult of Vishnu was prominent during the Angkor period, as this monumental and exquisitely carved sculpture attests. Distinguished from other Khmer objects in the collection by its highly polished surface, this image of Vishnu holds a conch shell in his upper-left hand and a small orb in his lower-right hand.

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