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Title

Vishnu reclining on the serpent Ananta (Vishnu Anantasesha)

13th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This sculpture visualising the primordial scene of creation depicts Vishnu, the preserver of the world, reclining on the multi-headed serpent Ananta, representing endlessness or eternity. Vishnu holds his weapons, the conch and wheel (cakra) and the creator god, Brahma issues from a lotus which springs from his navel. The reclining Vishnu is attended by numerous gods including his consort Lakshmi, seated at his feet.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2002


Details


Place where the work was made

Orissa India


Date

13th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

stone


Dimensions

23.5 x 30.5 x 7.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr and Mrs B.N. Beirman 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

240.1990



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Ramesh Shankar Gupte, Iconography of the Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, Mumbai, 1972.

K.V. Soundarajan, Artibus Asiae [vol. 29, no. 1], 'The typology of the Anantasayi icon', pp.67-84, United States of America, 1967, 67-84.

Heinrich Zimmer and Joseph Campbell, The art of Indian Asia: its mythology and transformations, New Jersey, 1960.