Boar (Varaha) Incarnation of Vishnu

Dublin Core

Title

Boar (Varaha) Incarnation of Vishnu

Subject

Arts-Sculpture; Religions-Hinduism

Description

As described on the museum label, "According to Hindu mythology, the earth began to sink under the burden of evil or overpopulation, and Vishnu, assuming the form of a boar (Varaha), recovered her from the ocean. This work represents the moment when Varaha (usually depicted as an anthropomorphic figure with a boar's head) has rescued the earth, personified as a beautiful woman perched demurely on his bent left elbow. She lays her right hand gently on his snout both for support and as a token of gratitude. The serpents (nagas) below vishnu's left foot symbolize water." -- Red sandstone -- Coll. Art Institute of Chicago (Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf, 1997.707)
Art Institute of Chicago
Collection Librarian: Amy Bryant. Please send any questions, comments, or content corrections to Michael Thiedeman, Professor of Art, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374 USA. email address: thiedmi@earlham.edu

Source

photographed in exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago

Contributor

Thiedeman, Michael
Earlham College

Rights

Material may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. following fair use standards. Acknowledgement to be given to the IDEAS Project and to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Format

Image/jpeg

Type

Still Image

Identifier

ecasia000940
ecasia_a_000940

Coverage

India
India - Period of Islamic Influence 711 - 1556
c. 1100
India (nation); Rajasthan (state)
7016788

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

699 w x 1200 h, 150ppi

Files

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Citation

“Boar (Varaha) Incarnation of Vishnu,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 17, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/4161.