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Stela - Vishnu

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1998A2
Collection:Antiquities - Asia
Date:900 AD - 1100 AD


This stela, a Hindu image of worship, depicts Vishnu and consorts. Vishnu holds a mace in his right hand, a discus in his left. He wears a high crown, styled after a temple, a decorative feature typical of sculptures of this period in the region. As images of this kind were commissioned to earn merit, the base of the stela shows the devotee and his wife.In the Hindu pantheon of gods, Vishnu is the protector and preserver of order, who would come to earth in various forms to overcome evil and disorder.

Purchased from Warwickshire Museums Service, 1983.

Further Information

Production Period:10th century or 11th century
Place of Origin:Bihar, India
Place of Excavation:EASTERN,BIHAR, INDIA


Height:1250 mm
Width:600 mm
Depth:135 mm