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Sculpture of Vishnu and Lakshmi, Agori (U.P.). 12 and 13 January, 1790

Sculpture of Vishnu and Lakshmi, Agori (U.P.). 12 and 13 January, 1790

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: WD1752

Item number: 1752

Length: 357

Width: 251

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of a sculpture of Visnu and Lakshmi at Agori (U.P.), dated 12 and 13 January, 1790. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'Vishnou & his Wife Latchemi'; also notes.

The artists noted that Agori, on the river Son, '...is a place of worhip of the greatest antiquity, which is obvious from the fragments of sculptured idols frequently to be met there. The village at present is not very considerable.'

This relief depicts Vishnu and Lakshmi; the god holds in his four hands a lotus, a conch, a staff and a wheel. The figures in the compartments on the exterior represent the major avataras or incarnations of Vishnu.

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