Lord Vishnu’s sculpture (18th century)
Sculpture is a favored medium of artistic expression on the Indian subcontinent. The tradition of Indian sculpture extends from the Indus Valley civilization of 2500 to 1800 BCE. As a record of history, sculpture is extremely valuable for the information it can provide about the development of a culture.
The Great Eastern Home displays an 18th century Rajasthani sculpture of Lord Vishnu dancing with a damaru (small two-headed drum) in his forearms. The figure is graceful, slender and has supple limbs; but there is an almost complete suppression of individuality. This is because the figures are conceived of as shapes that are more perfect than anything to be found in the merely transitory appearance of human models. For instance, the multiple heads and arms of Hindu divinities were thought necessary to display the manifold attributes of these gods’ many powers.
The sculpture pictured above has been defaced and damaged with age but is definitely worth a look. We are open 365 days in a year so picking a day to visit us is easy. You may reach us at www.thegreateasternhome.com.