A green stone head of Vishnu Kashmir, 8th-10th century
Lot 82
A green stone head of Vishnu Kashmir, circa 800 CE
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£8,800 - 12,000
Auction Details
A green stone head of Vishnu Kashmir, 8th-10th century A green stone head of Vishnu Kashmir, 8th-10th century
Lot Details
A green stone head of Vishnu
Kashmir, circa 800 CE
His pacific expression with slender eyes framed by pendant earrings and hair in short corkscrew curls surmounted by a triple crescent diadem with beads and foliage around flower-head medallions and a lotus blossom crowning the top of the head.
7 1/8 in. (18 cm) high

Footnotes

  • With the remnants of the ear and whiskers of a lion's face to his left, this piece was almost certainly part of a Vishnu Vaikuntha Chaturmukha configuration. While their is no consensus on its meaning and identification, the figure was popular in Kashmir and may have emphasized Vishnu as Supreme Being, see Srinivasan, Many heads, arms, and eyes: origin, meaning, and form of multiplicity in Indian art, New York, 1997. A closely related example with near identical treatment of the crown is held in the Brooklyn Museum of Art (85.223.1).

    Provenance:
    Private European Collection
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