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ID: 700001941Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Visjnoe (sculpture (visual work); unknown Indian; 750/825 CE; Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands); AK-RAK-1990-3; RM001.collect.2193)
Note: This smoothly polished stone figure represents the Hindu god Vishnu, one of the principal gods of the Hindu pantheon. Vishnu keeps creation in existence, he guards the equilibrium between good and evil. He acts whenever this equilibrium is threatened. The god descends to earth in the form or incarnation which is best suited to the situation. Two of his incarnations are combined in this figure, on the two sides of his head: on the left the lion, on the right the boar. This three-headed figure was especially venerated in Kashmir, in Northern India. The masterful rendering of the god's upper body with its well-defined musculature is characteristic of figures from Kashmir between 750 and 850.
Visjnoe (preferred,C,U,RP,Dutch-P,U,U)
Three-headed Vishnu (C,U,DE,English,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
sculpture (visual works) [300047090] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Visual Works (hierarchy name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>)

sculptures (preferred)

Creation Date: 750/825 CE

Creator Display:
unknown Indian [preferred,VP]
anoniem [,VP]
artist unknown Indian (Indian cultural designation) [500125241]
Current: Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands) [500246547] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: AK-RAK-1990-3; RM001.collect.2193
Display Materials: soapstone
soapstone (metamorphic rock) [300011665]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by composition>, inorganic material, rock (inorganic material), metamorphic rock)

Dimensions: dimensions: 64 x 31 x 14 cm; weight: 31.6 kg
exhibition: Document Nederland : Op zoek naar Sophie, Hakan en Roderick; 2004-12-18 - 2005-02-06
exhibition: Claes Pietersz Berchem - III; 2007-09-01 - 2007-12-02
exhibition: Zwart in dienst van Oranje; 2006-01-01 - 2006-03-31
exhibition: L'eredità di Giotto; 2008-06-12 - 2008-12-08

General Subject:
religion and mythology (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
Vishnu [1000395]
.....((Hindu characters, Hindu iconography, Legend, Religion, Mythology)) (ICON)

Copyright: Public Domain
Provenance: overdracht van beheer 1998
List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Works
Additional Notes:
Dutch ..... Visnu met drie hoofden. Uitgevoerd in groene speksteen.
Sources and Contributors:
Visjnoe........ [VP]
........ Rijksmuseum XML files (2012)
........ Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 11 September 2012
Three-headed Vishnu........ [VP]
........ Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 14 September 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
....................... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 11 September 2012
English ..... [VP]
..... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-); accessed 14 September 2012
Dutch ..... [VP]
..... Rijksmuseum [online] (2000-)
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