Nepalese Seated Crowed Vishnu. Gilt copper repouse and cast parts; embellished with semi-precious stones. His four hands are holding the attributes of Vishnu, including a conch shell, a mace and lotus (Chakra is missing). Behind Vishnu’s crown is a large nimbus. Vishnus’s countenance is well-defined and chased. The double-lotus wooden base is a later addition and carved of Indian hardwood.
Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu Triumvirate, which consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Brahma the Creator and Shiva the Destroyer. Vishnu is known as the Preserver. Vishnu’s role is to protect humans and to restore order to the world. His presence is found in every object and force in creation and some Hindus recognize him as the divine being from which all things come.
Malla Dynasty, 14th century
Dimensions: 28″ high (including base)