An image of Vishnu reclining on the serpent Ananta (Vishnu Anantasesha)

Unknown Artist

Vishnu reclining on the serpent Ananta (Vishnu Anantasesha)

Location
Not on display
Further information

This sculpture visualising the primordial scene of creation depicts Vishnu, the preserver of the world, reclining on the multi-headed serpent Ananta, representing endlessness or eternity. Vishnu holds his weapons, the conch and wheel (cakra) and the creator god, Brahma issues from a lotus which springs from his navel. The reclining Vishnu is attended by numerous gods including his consort Lakshmi, seated at his feet.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2002

Place of origin
Orissa, India
Year
13th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
stone
Dimensions
23.5 x 30.5 x 7.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr and Mrs B.N. Beirman 1990
Accession number
240.1990