Bust of Vishnu
India, Northern region, Uttar Pradesh
10th/11th century
Buff sandstone
51 x 39 x 21 cm (20 x 15 ⅜ x 8 ¼ in)

The noble and elegant sculpture of the Hindu God Vishnu remains imposing despite the damage it has sustained. Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism, the Supreme Being or absolute truth, is the preserver and protector whenever the world is threatened with evil, chaos, and destructive forces.

The deity wears a tall profusely ornamented crown, beneath which his hair is arranged in finely executed curls. Long earrings and a torc with a diamond-shaped pendant frame the face. The torso is bare except a sash diagonally worn from his left shoulder to his right waist.