4-armed Vishnu standing on the shoulders of Garuda, with wings, bird's head and bird legs; both have arms raised; attached to mount

Vishnu on Garuda, 12th-13th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

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Gift of Michele and David Deweyexpand_more  99.216.7

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In Hinduism, Vishnu is the preserver and maintainer of the established order. Whereas Shiva is Lord of the Beginning and of the End, Vishnu is the deity who oversees the middle ground, avoids extremes, and maintains orthodoxy. The standard depiction of Vishnu is four-armed standing upright wearing a crown. He carries a conch shell, lotus, a club, and a discus. His vehicle is the bird Garuda depicted here in the usual form as part human, part bird.

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Vishnu on Garuda
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99.216.7
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4-armed Vishnu standing on the shoulders of Garuda, with wings, bird's head and bird legs; both have arms raised; attached to mount