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Recumbent Visnu

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Recumbent Visnu
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Pallava-- Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) - Pallava;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This bas-relief is situated on the left wall of the Mahisasura Mandapa. Opposite is another bas-relief, depicting Durga's fight with the demon Mahisa. In the first, we see Visnu lying on the coils of Ananta whose five heads form an umbrella, and dreaming the Creation of the Universe. Flying figures, worshippers and guardians watch over his sleep. The carving of this bas-relief is of exceptional power.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1771


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