A LARGE VIJAYANAGARA BRONZE FIGURE OF VISHNU, SOUTH INDIA, CIRCA 16TH CENTURY
standing in tribhanga on oval base, the four-armed Hindu deity with his primary right hand in abhaya mudra, his left resting on his gada, his upper hands raised, holding cakra and sankha, wearing elaborate belt with kirtimukha buckle, his tall crown with bud finial, his hair cascading in ringlets on his shoulders, a wheel-like halo attached behind
Provenance: Private collection, East Anglia. Acquired by the vendor as a gift from her husband in the 1960s.
The criteria for dating early South Indian bronze images are subtle and far from clear cut. In many senses, this superb bronze displays the characteristic features of the Chola period (9th-13th century), and there was no abrupt change of stylistic direction when the Vijayanagar dynasty became dominant in the region. Nevertheless there are several indications of a later date, such as the more expressive face, the stocky, muscular build and the very detailed treatment of the jewellery and ornaments and their incised outlining. The relaxed pose with legs flexed is more commonly associated with depictions of Siva, while Vishnu, the preserver, is generally depicted, when in his primary form, in static full frontal images which emphasise his regal aura.
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