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Hindu God Figure of Kurma

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1987A315
Collection:Ethnography - Asia


Lord Vishnu, one of the gods of Hinduism, is represented here in one of his earthly forms as Kurma. During this transformation he takes on the form of a tortoise and with the newly created earth on his back in order to give it support and stability. It is believed that even to this day the earth is supported on the back of this tortoise.

Presented by Denstone College.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Medium:Carved wood, with gesso and paint.
Place of Origin:India

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Height:280 mm
Width:206 mm
Depth:60 mm