18th century Indian bronze votive sculpture depicting Vishnu in his avatar of Narasimha (the Man Lion) protected by extended hoods of five nagas (cobras), his consort Lakshmi sitting on his left knee. Demon Hiranyakashipu could not have been killed neither by a man, nor an animal, so Vishnu took the above form to slay it. The main emphasis of this image is upon lion characteristics of fierceness, bravery and independence, while the presence of Lakshmi is a reference to more common Lakshmi-Narayana images. Excellent detailed casting, beautiful patina, wonderful devotional wear to the front, traces of sandalwood past used during worship, very pleasant feel of age to the piece. Height 3 13/16 inches.