This figure of Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, was a small devotional image for a private sanctuary, like the Cambodian figure of Garuda. The beneficent Vishnu, associated with the life-giving sun, enjoyed tremendous popularity in Cambodia.
Artist Khmer, Cambodian
Title
  • Vishnu
  • Vishnu the Preserver (alternate title)
Date ca. 1218
Medium Copper alloy
Dimensions Overall: 9 1/4 × 4 × 2 7/8 inches (23.5 × 10.2 × 7.3 cm)
Including base: 10 3/4 × 4 × 3 7/8 inches (27.3 × 10.2 × 9.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 41.82
Department Asian Art
On View Buddhist Art N1B, Level 1 (see map)
(Paul Mallon);
1941-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA 22, no. 3 (1942): p. 21.

Buddhist Art-Twenty Fourth Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1942, cat. no. 33.

Lee, Sherman E. "A Cambodian Bronze Hoard," Art in America 31 (April 1943): p. 78 (ill.).

Bunker, Emma C. “A Khmer Cache of Sacred Bronzes Found in Vietnam.” In Khmer Bronzes: New Interpretations of the Past, ed. Emma C. Bunker and Douglas Latchford. Chicago, 2011, pp. 509-512.