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Vishnu
Acc.No. E.6
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a image of Vishnu from the Gupta period which displays great aesthetic excellance. Despite its fragmentary nature,the image presents a majistic look as the face has a sombre expression, arched eyebrows, gentle lowered eyes and full cheeks.

History of the Object
This imppressive sculpture Vishnu depicts the deity as four-armed, wearing a jeweled crown (kiritamukuta), the sacred thread (yajnopavita) (with fastenings at the left shoulder and the waist) and a long garland made of flowers (vanamala). The artist has depicted two necklaces; one of twisted pearl strands and the other of beads, the armbands (keyuras), and the pleated short lower garments secured at the waist in stone in the most sensitive manner. When complete this image must have had a large, halo (prabhavali). The depiction of arched eyebrows, gently lowered eyes, full lips, half closed eyes, rounded chin and the three conventional folds around the neck (trivalayas) are all characteristic of the 5th century C.E. monumental images of Vishnu of the Gupta period that display great aesthetic excellence.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Red Sandstone 
Measurements
109 x 67 x 22 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
Mid 5th Century CE 
Function
Hinduism Ritual  
Acquisition
Received from Archaeological Museum, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh  
Copyright
National Museum,New Delhi  
Acknowledgements
National Museum,New Delhi  
Owner
National Museum,New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum,New Delhi  

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