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Vishnu reclining on the serpent Ananta (Vishnu Anantasesha)

13th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Orissa India
    13th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    23.5 x 30.5 x 7.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dr and Mrs B.N. Beirman 1990
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

  • Provenance

    David Jones' Art Gallery, pre 1972, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

    Dr. and Mrs. B.N. Beirman, 08 Jul 1972-27 Jun 1990, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from David Jones' Art Gallery on 8 July 1976. Donated to the Art Gallery of new South Wales, Sydney, June 1990.