About this artwork
One of the principal gods of Hinduism, Vishnu is regarded as the preserver of the universe. He stands regally in this sculpture from the Gupta period, wearing a simple crown and a long garland. Originally four-armed, he would have held weapons—a mace, conch, and discus—in three hands. This early image includes a round object, variously interpreted as the earth or a fruit, in his lowered fourth hand. In later images of Vishnu, this hand typically holds a lotus.
- Four-Armed God Vishnu
- Uttar Pradesh (Object made in)
- 401 CE–500 CE
- 84.8 × 44.2 × 16.6 cm (33 3/8 × 17 3/8 × 6 1/2 in.)
- James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf