Antique Indonesian Style Majapahit Standing Bronze Vishnu Statue - Protector & Preserver - 15cm/6"
Measurements - Height 15cm/6"
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.
The Vishnu is stood samabhanga on a round lotus petal pedestal which is itself stood on a decorated pedestal. 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 beaded border and flaming rim, topped by a decorative finial. The sculpture has a wonderful dark 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
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A deity of contradictions, Shiva the Destroyer, has a tumultuous history which is reflective of his many responsibilities and characterisations. His importance over the universe, but also his personality, make him a popular choice in Hindu art.