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Standing Vishnu
Title Standing Vishnu
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Archaeology
Object Type Archaeology
Main Material Stone
Country India
Origin Place Mathura
Patron/Dynasty Gupta
Period / Year of Work 5th Century AD
Dimensions Ht. 105.5 cm. Wd. 28.0 cm.
Detailed Description An excellent image of standing Vishnu adorned with an elaborate diadem and profuse ornaments. The portion below the waist is missing. Originally the image might have been four-armed as remnants of two arms are visible at the left elbow. Forearms are lost. The upper portion of the body is bare except for the ornaments. The lower half was perhaps draped in a regular pleated dhoti fastened around the waist with a simple girdle in the form of a floral knot out of which two looped ends are suspended in front. He is adorned with jewelled ornaments, including ear rings, an ekavali, multi coiled pearl strings, armlets and sacred thread. The double sacred thread is conspicuous by a double cord interlaced with Asoka flower at two points, running down almost vertically along the left shoulder to the knees. The remains of vaijayantimala are visible near the elbow. The most significant is the crown of this image. It is a cylindrical jewelled crown, minutely carved with a floral scroll, adorned with a gem in the centre as well as by pearled festoons sprouting from the mouths of crocodiles. As usual, the upper portion of the crown, circular in form, presents a lion's head (kirtimukha), emitting a string of pearls. The motifs of crocodiles and rosettes with pearled strings are shown in the armlets also. The image was originally nimbate as the traces of a halo are visible at the back. Despite its fragmentary nature, the image presents a majestic look with sombre face marked with arch-shaped eyebrows, gently lowered eyes, full and curving cheek planes.
Brief Description Standing figure of Vishnu, with legs and fore-arms missing. The upper part of his body is nude, except that he wears an elaborate crown with mauli-mani on the head, a necklace of large pearls and another composed of beaded multi-strings armlets, ear-pendants, yajnopavita and a beautiful vanamala, passing behind the shoulders and over the arms near the elbows. The lower half of the body is clad in a waist-cloth with loose folds, secured by a cord. Curly locks of his hair fall on both shoulders. Traces of a halo around the head are visible. Red sand stone.