This awe-inspiring roopa of Vishnu has been captured in great detail in this piece of brass. The leonine face and mane is complemented by the form of a powerful human male with the gorgeous Devi Lakshmi, His wife, balanced on His limbs. Their tall, slender crowns tower at realistic angles over their heads, and their hands are raised in blessing to the devotees. The extent of shringar on each of the figures befits their divine status. The lotus pedestal is highly characteristic of Indian iconography - on a three-tiered platform, the bottom-most one of which is engraved with lotus petals, is placed an inverted lotus in full bloom. Narasimha is balanced on the pistil, crushing beneath His holy feet a vicious snake that had dared to raise its hood.
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