Period: Thakuri period

Date: 10th–11th century

Culture: Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Medium: Gilt-copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Wt. 2 lbs (.9 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.501.8


Vishnu as the divine protector and preserver of order assumes a symmetrical posture, his four arms counter-balancing one another as he displays his martial kingly attributes: war discus, battle club, and conch-shell trumpet. His fourth hands holds the sphere denoting the earth goddess. He wears a tripartite crown, the central lobe displaying a lion face, a legacy of north Indian Gupta conventions of royal imagery.