Lakshminarasimha

This blog site has several Lakshmnarasimha. They all are shared for different reasons. This Lakshminarasimha is unusual for the alloy used, the design of his attributes, his mane, beaky nose and the gesture of his lower right hand.

The identification is based on the attributes in his rear hands, Chakra and Shankha, and his face, that of a lion (bulging eyes, protruding tongue, sharp teeth and his mane).

Lakshmi is sitting on Narasimha’s left thigh and her hair arrangement merits attention. In this form because of Lakshmi, Narasimha is meant to be in Shanta form (calm). Here Narasimha strikes an aggressive posture, with his tongue sticking out. Unusual.

The lower right-hand gesture is identified as ‘Ardha pataka Hasta’. forefinger and middle finger vertically upwards from the palm, with all other fingers curved inward into the palm. According to the book, Indian Sculpture and Iconography Forms and measurements, 2002, by V Ganapati Sthapati, ” this gesture expresses the Dwita concept of the duality of Paramatman and Jivatman. It can be seen in the images of Madvacharya.”

Regional attribution poses a challenge. The design of the Chakra (perforated), the beaky nose and the mane above his face suggest Odisha as the place of origin. Lakshmi’s features, her face and the central fold of her saree ending in a fan-like pattern suggested Maharashtra as the place of origin. It is correct to say it from North Deccan.

This Vigraha is about 13 cm in height. For sure this did not come from South India. This may be dated to the eighteenth century.

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