A bronze figure of Narasimha

15th century, India

Height: 12.5cm, Width: 8cm, Depth: 6.7cm

Narasimha, the man-lion incarnation of Vishnu, is seated in the yogasana position (sometimes called utkutaka) wearing a striped dhoti with a yoga band (yogapatta) across his legs to hold the pose and shielded by the hood of a seven-headed serpent, all on a lotus pedestal over a square base. Two upper hands hold a discus in the right and a bow in the left, the two front hands are stretched forward, the right hand is held in varada-mudra (gesture of charity) with a lotus flower (?) while the left hand is in abhaya-mudra (gesture of fearless) with a mace. His face is highly stylized with a gaping mouth and bulging eyes below a pronged crown. Lakshmi, his consort, is seated on Narasimha’s right thigh holding a lotus stem in her left hand. Due to the constant application of unguents during daily worship, the details on her face have disappeared.

Similar Examples

A, Neven (1978) ‘Beeldhouwkunst uit Indie’, Brussel: Generale Bankmaatschappij- cat. no. 108.

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