From the estate of Louis and Annette Kaufman
This impressive figure is of the god Vishnu standing on a lotus pedestal surrounded by a prabha of flames. His two upper hands are holding a conch (sankha), its sound defeating the demons, and a discus (chakra), the symbol of his power in the world.
The right lower hand is in the gesture of protection (abhayamudra) while the left is placed on the hip in the “easy gesture.” The three sacred cords of brahams cross his torso: the endless knot (shrivasta) is still visible on the right side.
A vest (dhoti) wraps the lower part of his body, detained by a belt on the hips.
This slender figure of Vishnu is well proportioned, is of superior quality and refined in every detail. Of great delicacy are the fingers holding the sankha and the chakra, as well as the crown, elaborated in a jewel style.
The perfect oval of the god's face holds a glance much more vividly compared with the sculptures of Southern India.
Expert: Renzo Freschi
Renzo Freschi is an expert in Oriental Art and has extensively travelled within Asia since 1971. He has curated over forty monographic exhibitions on different aspects and periods of Asian art and has published several catalogues on the subject. In 2013 he curated the public exhibition The magic of India, from the Temple to the Court, masterpieces of Indian Art, showcasing more than 200 works of Indian art from the most important Italian collections.
Artiana would like to thank Renzo Freschi for his expertise and assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.