Works of Art

AP3103

 

Torso of a deity possibly Vishnu

Madhya Pradesh, India, circa 10th-11th century

Sandstone

Height 18 ¾ in, 48 cm

Provenance: Dr Johanna Nestor, Austrian ambassador to India, 1966—1970

 

The elegant torso of a deity was most likely that of Vishnu. An intricate girdle interspersed with cloth and festoons of jewels hangs almost symmetrically down his thighs.