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Head of Vishnu

400s CE
Overall: 28 cm (11 in.)
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This head of Vishnu is identifiable by the squared crown typical for this deity. Its central medallion features a lion head framed by pearls. Additional strings of pearls issue from the lion’s mouth and are caught by two rampant animals (hippogriffs) that frame the medallion on both sides. Just below the lion head are two heads of makaras (aquatic monsters) with open mouths. The side of the crown has two round, plain medallions corresponding with the central one. In addition, there is a multitude of floral decoration which gives the crown a character of an intricate jewel.
Head of Vishnu

Head of Vishnu

400s CE

Northern India, Mathura, Gupta period

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