Vishnu in agama asana
India, Uttar Pradesh, 11th century
Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
लक्ष्मी जी पैर दबा रही है। वाह क्या ठाठ है विष्णु जी के।
Loot from India. Should be returned to India.
Vishnu in tantric art. 11th CE to 13th CE - blossoming of Vishnu Agama. Rather uncomfortable Vishnu there, in an agama asana. Not just another Vishnu in cosmic sleep sculpture there. The accompanying text is the "Pancharatra" . Without reading it, such erotic art is rather misleading for viewers. Konark's Sun Temple is a prime example of Vishnu agama tantric art. Ramanujacharya opposing Adi Sankara philosophy, needs to be read alongside ....
Please tell us indelails about it
Please Wiki it - big subject. Many good books about it. Ajit Mookherjee on Tantra art, is a good starter ..
Corrected the description...Ratnesh.
Pz tell the name of ajit mookherjee's book
this one ( http://www.amazon.in/The-Tantric-Way-Science-Ritual/dp/0500270880 )
Also, Dr Devangana Desai's well researched book is noteworthy. It refutes all these crazy "sensous"/"erotic" aesthetic theories that art historians love to talk/write about, deliberately playing to a western gallery & ignoring the mention of underlying philosophies of the time (such as Pancharatra) , which the art of the time reflects. They should compare the philosophies of this tantra time, with Marquis de Sade's philosophies, to put it in the right perspective for a western audience. But why bother with such hard work when you can write an essay full of adjectives on the aesthetics of the human body & the erotic. ( http://www.frontline.in/navigation/?type=static&page=flonnet&rdurl=fl1501/15010730.htm )
Sri T. A. Gopinatha Rao calls this Uttama Bhogasayamurti, and he also says "The whole body of Vishnu in the recumbent posture should resemble a bow"