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.
- Title: Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu
- Date: 3rd century
- Medium: Sandstone
- Dimensions: 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: F.1975.16.06.S
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
- Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,2010, cat. 1221 p. 384
- Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent,no. 55 pp. 92-93
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