Visnu Lokesvara, Pala-Sena style. Eastern India. 12th century, black shale. Representation of the god Visnu between his two wives. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium). Made with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.
In Hindu iconography, Vishnu is usually depicted as having a pale or dark blue complexion and having four arms. He holds a padma (lotus flower) in his lower left hand, Kaumodaki gada (mace) in his lower right hand, Panchajanya shankha (conch) in his upper left hand and the Sudarshana Chakra (discus) in his upper right hand. A traditional depiction is Vishnu reclining on the coils of the snake Shesha, accompanied by his consort Lakshmi, as he “dreams the universe into reality”.
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