India, Rajasthan, lintel arch from a Vishnu temple, c. 12th century, greystone, with three four-armed male deities seated in columnar niches flanked by female attendants, the outer two each holding Vishnavite attributes, a warrior issuing from the mouth of a makara at either side, tiered canopies above; the central figure flanked by four figures of Vishnu on Garuda, H.14 x W.35-1/2 x D.5 in., mounted on metal stand.

Lintel with Vishnus and Celestial Musicians, 12th century

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The iconography of this stone lintel is based on the Matsyapurana, a text from the 1400s that describes the monarchical divinity Vishnu holding a club, a wheel, a lotus, and a conch shell. His two consorts stand on either side: Lakshmi carries a lotus and Sarasvati holds a stringed musical instrument. Vishnu’s vehicle, the winged Garuda, appears behind him. At the top, Vishnu’s 10 incarnations are carved in low relief.

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Title
Lintel with Vishnus and Celestial Musicians
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Artist
Accession Number
96.54.2
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India, Rajasthan, lintel arch from a Vishnu temple, c. 12th century, greystone, with three four-armed male deities seated in columnar niches flanked by female attendants, the outer two each holding Vishnavite attributes, a warrior issuing from the mouth of a makara at either side, tiered canopies above; the central figure flanked by four figures of Vishnu on Garuda, H.14 x W.35-1/2 x D.5 in., mounted on metal stand.