[INDOLOGY] iconography of an Indian carved wooden panel

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Mar 13 13:20:19 UTC 2024

Dear Asko,

This looks like Chaturbhuja Vishnu at the center, flanked by Hanuman and
Garuda. In my family, we have an image of Krishna with Hanuman and Garuda
at his feet. I have seen this arrangement in some temples in Pune.

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Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Wed, Mar 13, 2024 at 5:53 AM Asko Parpola via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Years ago my wife acquired in London the finely carved wooden panel a scan
> of which is attached.
> We are at loss in trying to identify the central figure with vaiṣṇava
> marks, worshipped by the monkey
> king (Hanuman? Vālin?) and the bird king (Garuḍa? Jaṭāyus?). The
> worshippers rather point to
> Rāma, but the iconography of the object of their worship is unusual and
> strange to me.
> He wears a crown and the upper hands hold a three-leaved plant (?) and a
> sword or dagger (?),
> the lower hands hold garlands (?) or reins of chariot horse (?). We look
> forward to expert opinions.
> Best regards, Asko
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