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body with several bands of repeating patterns. The circular foot leading to a flaring stem with chased acanthus leaves.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA main frieze of cartouches containing depictions of the ten avatars of Vishnu in Madras – Indian silver style. Vishnu is one of the three primary Hindu gods and the god of preservation. Each avatar represents another incarnation of Vishnu who has come to earth to defeat evil.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSee corresponding pictures:\u003cbr\u003e1. Matsya – the fish avatar who rescued the world from a flood. He is either depicted as a man or, as is the case here, as a half man – half fish. Here he has four hands, he is holding his chakra (disk) in his left hand and possibly a conch shell in another hand.\u003cbr\u003e2. Kurma – the tortoise. Here he is represented in half human half animal form. He turned into a tortoise form to hold mount Mandara which helped the gods and the asuras obtain the elixir of immortality.\u003cbr\u003e3. Varaha – the boar. Varaha fought Hiranyaksha demon for a thousand years saving the earth from the bottom of the sea. Here he is depicted with a boar’s head. He used his tusks to pick up the earth and to fight the demon.\u003cbr\u003e4. Nrsimhadeva – the man-lion. In this form Vishnu came to slay the demon Hiranyakashipu the brother of Hiranyaksha – whom was killed by Varaha.\u003cbr\u003e5. Vamana – the dwarf. Depicted here with his umbrella, he is noticeably shorter than the other avatars.\u003cbr\u003e6. Parasurama – sage with an axe.\u003cbr\u003e7. Rama – the hero of the Ramayana, and one of the most worshiped deity who represents chivalry and virtue. He seen here with characteristic tall bow.\u003cbr\u003e8. Krishna – very widely worshiped and considered a supreme god, his legend is written about in the sanskrit epic the Mahabharata.\u003cbr\u003e9. Buddha\/Balarama\u003cbr\u003e10. Kalki – the final avatar, who has not appeared, but will come to destroy all wicked when virtue has disappeared. He is usually seen on his horse.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003eSources: Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.,, 2011. s.v. “Matsya”\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eProvenance: UK\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWeight: 365g, Height: 20cm, Diameter: 9cm\u003cbr\u003eItem: #137\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Indian Silver Goblet With Hindu Deity, Vishnu, Madras (chennai), India – Circa 1880

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The body with several bands of repeating patterns. The circular foot leading to a flaring stem with chased acanthus leaves.

A main frieze of cartouches containing depictions of the ten avatars of Vishnu in Madras – Indian silver style. Vishnu is one of the three primary Hindu gods and the god of preservation. Each avatar represents another incarnation of Vishnu who has come to earth to defeat evil.

See corresponding pictures:
1. Matsya – the fish avatar who rescued the world from a flood. He is either depicted as a man or, as is the case here, as a half man – half fish. Here he has four hands, he is holding his chakra (disk) in his left hand and possibly a conch shell in another hand.
2. Kurma – the tortoise. Here he is represented in half human half animal form. He turned into a tortoise form to hold mount Mandara which helped the gods and the asuras obtain the elixir of immortality.
3. Varaha – the boar. Varaha fought Hiranyaksha demon for a thousand years saving the earth from the bottom of the sea. Here he is depicted with a boar’s head. He used his tusks to pick up the earth and to fight the demon.
4. Nrsimhadeva – the man-lion. In this form Vishnu came to slay the demon Hiranyakashipu the brother of Hiranyaksha – whom was killed by Varaha.
5. Vamana – the dwarf. Depicted here with his umbrella, he is noticeably shorter than the other avatars.
6. Parasurama – sage with an axe.
7. Rama – the hero of the Ramayana, and one of the most worshiped deity who represents chivalry and virtue. He seen here with characteristic tall bow.
8. Krishna – very widely worshiped and considered a supreme god, his legend is written about in the sanskrit epic the Mahabharata.
9. Buddha/Balarama
10. Kalki – the final avatar, who has not appeared, but will come to destroy all wicked when virtue has disappeared. He is usually seen on his horse.

Sources: Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.,, 2011. s.v. “Matsya”

Provenance: UK

Weight: 365g, Height: 20cm, Diameter: 9cm
Item: #137

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