Period: Pandyan period (early 4th–13th century)
Date: second half of the 8th–early 9th century
Dimensions: H. 9 ft. 9 in. (296.8 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Charles Engelhard Foundation Gift, in memory of Charles Engelhard, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.296
This colossal sculpture-the largest in the Museum's South Asian collection-gives a sense of the great scale of some Indian monuments. Vishnu sits on a lion throne in the relaxed posture of
Dating from the second half of the eighth to the early ninth century, this seated Vishnu is a rare example of the art of the Pandya dynasty, which was centered in Madurai, in southernmost India. The two sculptures in this gallery illustrate the quality and sculptural power of Pandyan art at its apogee.