Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu
3rd century
India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura
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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.

Details

  • 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

Object Information

Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 1: Art from the Indian Subcontinent, no. 55 pp. 92-93
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 1221 p. 384
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