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Boar Incarnation of God Vishnu (Varaha)

Date:

c. 10th century

Artist:

India
Madhya Pradesh

About this artwork

According to Hindu mythology, when the world began to sink under evil and ignorance, the god Vishnu was incarnated as the boar Varaha. He dived into the cosmic ocean to rescue goddess Earth, who is shown standing at the head of the boar. In this avatar, Vishnu also embodies the infinite nature of the cosmos: rows of gods, sages, and animals are carved upon his back. This type of Varaha would usually occupy its own pavilion facing the main entrance of a temple dedicated to Vishnu.

Status

On View, Gallery 141

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Boar Incarnation of God Vishnu (Varaha)

Place

Rajasthan (Object made in)

Date

1101–1200

Medium

Phyllite

Dimensions

56.0 x 79.5 x 29.7 cm (22 1/16 x 31 5/16 x 11 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

Reference Number

2021.200

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