Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu
- Place Made:
- India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura
- 5th century
- 35-1/2 x 16 x 5 in. (90.2 x 40.6 x 12.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © The Norton Simon Foundation
This image depicts an important cosmogonic myth of the Hindus, in which Vishnu assumes the form of a boar to rescue the earth, which has disappeared under the ocean. The earth is visualized here as a female perched upon his snout.
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