Stamp (Chhapa) in the Form of Vishnu's Footprints (Vishnupada)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian or Bangladeshi

Made in Bengal Region, Bangladesh, Asia
or made in West Bengal, Bengal Region, India, Asia

Late 19th - early 20th century

Copper alloy

1 1/4 × 1 13/16 × 2 3/16 inches (3.2 × 4.6 × 5.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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As 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.

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