The signature aspect of this composition is, of course, the aureole. The great number of motifs that grace it add a world of meaning to the sculpture. It is worth mentioning, the gigantic kirtimukha that seemingly looks down upon the world from above the head of Vishnu. A rather ferocious icon, kirtimukha is devoid of the lower jaw and a picture of the all-consumingly destructive nature of time. In its stead are dense ripples of gold-coloured bronze, which take on exquisite shapes and forms as the gaze of the onlooker traverses downwards. Vishnu sits in His stateliness beneath the aureole, the ample shringar and the silken dhoti becoming the stateliness of His purpose. As the cosmic deity presiding over the preservation of all creation, three of His hands carry a weapon (the goad), a conch, and the dharmachakra, while the remaining hand is raised in blessing.
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