Vishnu is one of the most important gods in Hinduism: together with Brahma (the Creator) and Shiva (the Destroyer), is he the Preserver. He has 4 arms, and his 4 hands hold each a different symbol. One is the conch shell, that symbolizes the sound 'Ohm', but in Khmer Art also symbolizes water, one of the 4 fundamental elements.
Khmer Art, pre-Angkor period, 7th-8th century. Height (mounted) 18cm Width 13cm