Figure of Chakrapurusha (personification of Vishnu's discus)

unknown5th - 7th century AD

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada

The Hindu God Vishnu is often shown with his hands resting on anthropomorphic representations of his divine weapons. This rare depiction shows a dwarf-like figure called Chakrapurusha. He represents Vishnu's sacred discus and would have once stood beside a larger statue of Vishnu. This relatively large bronze sculpture may signify the gradual decline of Buddhism and the rise of Hinduism in the region.


  • Title: Figure of Chakrapurusha (personification of Vishnu's discus)
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 5th - 7th century AD
  • Location: Sahri Bahlol, Gandhara, Pakistan
  • Physical Dimensions: w12 x h24.1 x d9 cm
  • Provenance: This purchase was made possible with the support of The Reuben Wells Leonard Bequest Fund.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Cast bronze
  • Accession Number: 939.17.21

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