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 
Not on View

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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