print (ritual & belief: representations)

Polychrome print on paper depicting Vishnu, resting on the serpent Ananta-Shesha, together with His consort Lakshmi massaging his feet, flanked by two attendants. Vishnu holds holding a red padma (lotus flower) in his upper right hand, a unique type of mace used in warfare known as a Kaumodaki gada in the lower right hand, and a conch shell in his upper left hand. From his navel grows a red lotus flower, on which sits the figure of Brahma.

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