A copper alloy figure of Yoga-Narasimha
Kerala or Kanataka, 15th/16th century
Finely cast and powerfully modeled showing the lion-headed avatar of Vishnu in the meditation pose of utkutikasana. His lower arms are outstretched and rest on his knees, with the upper arms raised holding a thunderbolt, conch, and a yaagopatta forming an arch over his head. His head is highly stylized with a gaping mouth, bulging eyes and stylized brows below a tapering foliate crown.
8 9/16 in. (22 cm.) high