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Padmapurusha, the Personified Lotus of Vishnu
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Padmapurusha, the Personified Lotus of Vishnu


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Description Wearing one lotus in his headdress and holding another in his hand, this pot-bellied figure personifies the lotus (padma) of the god Vishnu. Carved to stand alongside a larger-scale image of Vishnu, he would have tilted his head toward the god. As a flower that rises above the mud from which it grows, the lotus is a symbol of purity and is associated with creation and renewal.
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
  • Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn. 2011.
Provenance Doris Wiener Gallery, New York City [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, December 1968, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2008

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Period
ca. 600
Medium
sandstone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.258
Measurements
H: 20 1/4 × W: 8 1/4 × D: 5 1/8 in. (51.5 × 21 × 13 cm); Base H: 2 3/8 × W: 9 1/16 × D: 5 9/16 in. (6 × 23 × 14.2 cm)
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