Travelling Deities – Vishnu Moves into the Humboldt Forum

Blog entry from 03/04/2021

Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The statue of the Hindu god Vishnu (South India, 8th/9th century AD) from the collection of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst is transported from Berlin-Dahlem to the Humboldt Forum
The statue of the Hindu god Vishnu (South India, 8th/9th century AD) from the collection of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst is transported from Berlin-Dahlem to the Humboldt Forum
Copyright: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Uta Schröder

The famous statue of the Hindu deity Vishnu from the collection of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst has just moved from Dahlem, where the museum’s storage facilities will remain, into the Humboldt Forum.

The statue, which is around 1.65 m tall and weighs almost 500 kg, originates from Tamil Nadu in southern India, and was produced around the turn of the 9th century AD. For many of today’s Hindus – numbering more than a billion people – Vishnu is considered the highest deity, and is often...

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