Indian and Himalayan Art
Stamp (Chhapa) in the Form of Vishnu's Footprints (Vishnupada)or made in West Bengal, India, Asia
Made in Bengal, Bangladesh, Asia
Late 19th to early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Bengali
Currently not on view
1994-148-243Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994
LabelAs part of their religious practice, devotees of Gaudiya Vaishnavism sometimes adorn themselves with auspicious marks using metal stamps (chhapa) coated with a paste made from sandalwood and water. This stamps in the form of Vishnu's footprints bears images of sacred symbols associated with the god, such as the conch shell, the disc (a solar weapon), the fish, and the lotus.