Lintel Arch From a Vishnu Temple
On View In:
Gallery 211
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Lintel Arch From a Vishnu Temple  
Date:   12th century  
Medium:   Grey limestone  
Dimensions:   14 x 35 1/2 x 5 in. (35.56 x 90.17 x 12.7 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cleveland  
Location:   Gallery 211  

Densely packed with carved images, this arch-shaped lintel originally capped a statue of Vishnu, the preserver. The arch was supported on each side by columns carved in a similar manner which acted to frame the central deity. The lintel displays seated images of Vishnu in three miniature temple forms surrounded by lesser gods and worshippers of the Hindu pantheon.

Object Description  
Classification:   Architecture  
Physical Description:   India, Rajasthan, lintel arch from a Vishnu temple, c. 12th century, greystone, with three four-armed male deities seated in columnar niches flanked by female attendants, the outer two each holding Vishnavite attributes, a warrior issuing from the mouth of a makara at either side, tiered canopies above; the central figure flanked by four figures of Vishnu on Garuda, H.14 x W.35-1/2 x D.5 in., mounted on metal stand.  
Creation Place:   Asia, India, , Rajasthan, Rajasthan  
Accession #:   96.54.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts