1650-75 unknown maker Ebony, hard stones and gilt bronze, . It was produced in the grand ducal workshops in Florence in the period of Grand Duke Ferdinando II. Designed to hold treasure of jewels, gems, cameos, coins, medallions, etc. In this example twelve panels with semiprecious stone inlays form the fulcrum of the entire decorative scheme.
Yoga Narashimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar. c.1250.South India.Seated with a yoga band around his knees to aid his meditative posture, this powerful image depicts Vishnu as Narasimha (man-lion avatar). He would have held the typical discus and conch shell in his two rear hands. Vishnu is believed to have taken the avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu.