Man-Lion Incarnation of Vishnu
- Place Made:
- India: Rajasthan, Mewar
- c. 1650
- Opaque watercolor on paper
- image: 6-5/8 x 8-5/8 in. (16.8 x 21.9 cm); sheet: 7-1/2 x 9-1/2 in. (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Museum
One of Vishnu's most powerful avatars is Narasimha, the Man-lion, emphasizing the integration of animal and human forms in Hindu iconography. Vishnu is shown disemboweling the demon Hiranyakasipu while Shiva and Brahma look down from the heavens; four devotees watch in awe as the gory scene unfolds.
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