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Varaha, the Boar Avatar of Vishnu, 5th century

India: Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, 200-500
35-1/2 x 16 x 5 in. (90.2 x 40.6 x 12.7 cm)
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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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