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.
- Boar Incarnation of God Vishnu (Varaha)
- Rajasthan (Object made in)
- 56.0 x 79.5 x 29.7 cm (22 1/16 x 31 5/16 x 11 11/16 in.)
- James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf