Figure of Chakrapurusha (personification of Vishnu's discus) - ROM2003_635_1


Figure of Chakrapurusha (personification of Vishnu's discus)

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Sahri Bahlol, Gandhara, Pakistan
Date: 5th - 7th century AD
Period: Kushan Period
24.1 x 12 x 9 cm
Object number: 939.17.21
Credit Line: This purchase was made possible with the support of The Reuben Wells Leonard Bequest Fund.
On view
Gallery Location:Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
DescriptionThe Hindu God Vishnu is often shown with his hands resting on anthropomorphic representations of his divine weapons. This rare depiction shows a dwarf-like figure called Chakrapurusha. He represents Vishnu's sacred discus and would have once stood beside a larger statue of Vishnu. This relatively large bronze sculpture may signify the gradual decline of Buddhism and the rise of Hinduism in the region.
South Asia
Browse Categories:Sacred & Ceremonial
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