Antique Indonesian Style Java Majapahit Standing Bronze Vishnu Statue - Protector & Preserver - 38cm/15"
Measurements Height 38cm/15"
An antique Java Style standing bronze Vishnu sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style.
Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature. Here Vishnu is stood samabhanga on a raised, decorated pedestal.
His vehicle, Garuda, sits attentively at the base of the Vishnu.
His left hand holds his gada or mace symbolising his mental and physical strength. He also holds a lotus bud. This represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all. His right hand is held in a gesture that represents his charity.
He wears a richly bejewelled dohti and upavita. His face has a downcast gaze. Upon his head he wears a decorative Javanese style tiara in front of his Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises control over Positive and Negative attitudes.
On his forehead he has a third eye or urna. He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings.
Vishnu is backed by an aureole with a flaming rim, topped by a decorative lotus bud finial.
The sculpture has a wonderful azurite and malacite patina.
New York Metropolitan Museum Collection - Accession Number: 1987.142.15
Christie's Auction House - Sale 2562 (December 2002) - INDIAN, HIMALAYAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
Christie's Auction House - Sale 2612 (December 2003) - INDIAN, HIMALAYAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
Bonhams - March 2018 - Fine Southeast Asian Arts
Provenance: Ex- private London collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
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