Vishnu
One of the main gods of the Hindu Trinity (Vishnu, Shiva, Bramah) whose influence on Hinduism is eternal though his Hindu traditional avatars or messengers mentioned below:
  • Matsya - The Fish.
  • Kurma - The Tortoise.
  • Varaha - The Boar.
  • Narasimha - The Man-Lion.
  • Vamana - The Dwarf.
  • Parasurama - Rama with the Axe.
  • Rama of Ayodhya (Ramachandra)
  • Krishna.
  • Hindu Art and Religion


Vishnu is the "preserver" of the Cosmos or Universe in the Hindu trinity (Trimurti) which includes Brahma  (the Creator) and Shiva (the Destroyer).  In Vaishnavism, Vishnu is identical to a formless metaphysical essence called Brahman behind reality of unchanging Universal Principle  in Hindu philosophy. Vishnu is a Vedic or Aryan deity associated with nature or the universe when compared to personified gods of Dravidian origin. However in the Vedas, the sacred books of the Aryans he takes a  less prominent when compared to Indra, Agni and other nature gods. Vishnu is mentioned in only 5 out of 1028 hymns of the Rigveda  and he is also mentioned less in the other hymns. As a preserver of the universe he is described in the Vedic literature as the one who supports heaven and earth.In Rigveda, Indra-Vishnu are equivalent and produce the sun, with the verses asserting that this sun is the source of all energy and light for all. In other hymns of the Rigveda, Vishnu is described as a close friend of Indra. In the Athara Veda, the mythology of a boar who raises goddess earth from the depths of cosmic ocean appears, the word Vishnu or his alternate avatar names are not mentioned. In post-Vedic mythology, this legend becomes the basis of many cosmogonic myths called with Varaha as an avatar of Vishnu.
The "three strides of Vishnu" is the most iconic Hindu art  seen commonly in temples, where his leg is shown symbolizing a huge step.  Several hymns of the Rigveda repeat the mighty deed of Vishnu called the Trivikrama, which has been one of the mythologies in Hinduism since the Vedic times. It is an inspiration for Hindu art and sculpture in numerous Hindu temples such as at the Ellora Caves, which depict the Trivikrama legend through the Vamana, the avatar of Vishnu. Trivikrama refers to the celebrated three steps or "three strides" of Vishnu. Initially taking the form of a small insignificant being, he goes on to undertake the task of establishing his reach to cover the earth, and then the third stride to cover the heaven.
Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity (both material and spiritual), is the wife and active energy of Vishnu. Harihara is a philosophical and artistic composite of half Vishnu and half Shiva is found from 1st millennium CE in the cave 1 and cave 3 of the 6th-century Badami cave temples. Vishnu's
mount (Vahana) is the sacred eagle Garuda which carries his lord on his shoulders. Garuda is as sacred in Vaishnavism just as much as Nandi is to Shiva.

HINDU ART & SCULPTURE FROM ANTIQUES INTERNATIONAL

 
Exotic, rare and antique religious figurines and Sculptures of Vishnu from Anton Sebastian Private Collection presented by Antiques International for sale


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Standing Vishnu, South Indian bronze, H 5.2", 18th - 19th century
Standing Vishnu, South Indian bronze, H 5.2", 18th - 19th century
£75.00
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Vishnu riding Garuda, bronze, H 4.5" ca 19th century or earlier
Vishnu riding Garuda, bronze, H 4.5" ca 19th century or earlier
£95.00
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Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi, South Indian Miniature bronze 2 inches high, ca 18th to 19th century
Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi, South Indian Miniature bronze 2 inches high, ca 18th to 19th century
£95.00
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Shrine of Vishnu and Lakshmi, Alter Shrine, South Indian brass, H 4 ca 19th - early 20th century
Shrine of Vishnu and Lakshmi, Alter Shrine, South Indian brass, H 4 ca 19th - early 20th century
£108.00
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Vishnu riding on Gauruda, rare and antique Khmer bronze H  6.7" x W 5" ca 18th century or earlier
Vishnu riding on Gauruda, rare and antique Khmer bronze H 6.7" x W 5" ca 18th century or earlier
£145.00
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A copper bronze of Vishnu standing on a lotus pedestal with his traditional 4 arm posture and objects ca 19th century
A copper bronze of Vishnu standing on a lotus pedestal with his traditional 4 arm posture and objects ca 19th century
£155.00
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Vishnu and Lakshmi seated on a decorated rectangular alter, high quality brass sculpture, 14 cm high * x 7 cm Width x 4 cm Depth, ca early  to mid 20th century
Vishnu and Lakshmi seated on a decorated rectangular alter, high quality brass sculpture, 14 cm high * x 7 cm Width x 4 cm Depth, ca early to mid 20th century
£168.00
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South Indian bronze of standing Vishnu with 4 arms, holding a maze and and in a blessing posture, H 5.2 inches, 19th century
South Indian bronze of standing Vishnu with 4 arms, holding a maze and and in a blessing posture, H 5.2 inches, 19th century
£168.00
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Four-arm Vishnu standing on a rectangular lotus base, H 7.7" ca 19th - 20th century
Four-arm Vishnu standing on a rectangular lotus base, H 7.7" ca 19th - 20th century
£170.00
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An unusual 18th century South East Asian bronze of  Narasimha and Laksmi H 3.0" x 1.6" Vaishnavism
An unusual 18th century South East Asian bronze of Narasimha and Laksmi H 3.0" x 1.6" Vaishnavism
£180.00
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South Indian bronze,  six-arm standing Vishnu, H 5,  ca 18th century
South Indian bronze, six-arm standing Vishnu, H 5, ca 18th century
£185.00
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Finely sculptured dark bronze of four armed Vishnu standing on a double tier lotus baseH 6.1" ca 19th century
Finely sculptured dark bronze of four armed Vishnu standing on a double tier lotus baseH 6.1" ca 19th century
£185.00
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Narasimha, Vishnu Avatar standing on a yantric motif rectangular base 18th - 19tth century H 5.8" X L 4.0"
Narasimha, Vishnu Avatar standing on a yantric motif rectangular base 18th - 19tth century H 5.8" X L 4.0"
£188.00
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Vishnu standing on a  decorated square pedestal, 19th - 20th century bronze, 20 CM high including pedestal
Vishnu standing on a decorated square pedestal, 19th - 20th century bronze, 20 CM high including pedestal
£204.00
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Vishnu, Seated on a double stented base floral leaf base, with 4 heads and 8 arms, H 6” W 4”, 19th century
Vishnu, Seated on a double stented base floral leaf base, with 4 heads and 8 arms, H 6” W 4”, 19th century
£256.00
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Khmer Vishnu bronze, shown as handsome young man in royal clothes and with four arm, ca post 18th to 19th century
Khmer Vishnu bronze, shown as handsome young man in royal clothes and with four arm, ca post 18th to 19th century
£280.00
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Seated Vishnu with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi, South Indian copper base bronze, 4.8x9.0 cm ca 19th century
Seated Vishnu with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi, South Indian copper base bronze, 4.8x9.0 cm ca 19th century
£320.00
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Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi in heir traditional posture seated on a rectangular yantric motif base ca 19th century or possibly earlier
Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi in heir traditional posture seated on a rectangular yantric motif base ca 19th century or possibly earlier
£358.00
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Khmer Vishnu shrine with water trough to wash the deitys feet, bronze 4.75 X 2.25, ca pre 1400,
Khmer Vishnu shrine with water trough to wash the deitys feet, bronze 4.75 X 2.25, ca pre 1400,
£385.00
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Khmer bronze of  standing Vishnu with short decorated dhoti and traditional neck ornaments,  bronze. H 9.0 X 5.0,
Khmer bronze of standing Vishnu with short decorated dhoti and traditional neck ornaments, bronze. H 9.0 X 5.0,
£390.00
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Tibetan - Nepalese bronze of seated Vishnu- Buddha,  H 9.1, ca  19th Century or possibly earlier
Tibetan - Nepalese bronze of seated Vishnu- Buddha, H 9.1, ca 19th Century or possibly earlier
£495.00
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