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Indian School, late 18th century

Vishnu and Lakshmi circa 1790

42.9 x 29.3 cm (folio dimensions) | RCIN 1005113.ab

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As part of Hindu worship, devotees pray to murtis (votive images or statues) as physical embodiments of the Divine. Here Vishnu, in his para (highest) form and his consort Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, are depicted as if idols on a pedestal but also as real, physical beings.