Pendant with Four-armed Green Vishnu on a lotus with Nagas

Pendant with Four-armed Green Vishnu on a lotus with Nagas

1600s or 1700s

Gold set with precious and semiprecious stones

Overall: 7.2 x 5.8 cm (2 13/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1915.340

Fun Fact

In Nepal and South India, the Hindu god Vishnu can be shown as either blue or green.

Description

Vishnu, made of emeralds, holds his typical emblems, each made of gold: a discus in his upper right hand, the club in his upper left, and a lotus in his lower right hand. He sits cross-legged on a lotus pedestal made of spinels, nestled on the back of his mount, Garuda, shown with a crystal face, spinel torso, and turquoise wings. The intertwined bodies of nagas (serpent deities) form the bottom of this pendant; each naga holds a pearl in offering; their faces are carved from lapis lazuli. An eleven-headed serpent hood rears over the entire ensemble.

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