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A19. Vishnu, 12 cms, North India, high copper content alloy, 16th century or earlier.

Vishnu stands squarely on a stepped rectangular pedestal backed by an aureole with stylised flames. His upper hands hold his traditional attributes, the chakra and the conch shell while his lower hands are in varada [gift bestowing] and abhaya [fear dispelling] mudras.

An unusual feature of this image is that he appears to be wearing platformed sandals rather than his usually bare feet.

The image shows the wear and patination resulting from centuries of ritual worship.
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