Matsya is strong and helpful. He appears as a fish.

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Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

June 24 - October 2, 2011

Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior is the first major museum exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism's three major deities. Presenting approximately 170 paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects that were made in India between the fourth and twentieth centuries, this exhibition serves as a brief survey of Hindu art styles as well as an examination of the Vaishnava (Vishnu-worshipping) tradition.

Special thanks to artist Sanjay Patel for his engaging avatar illustrations. Find more of his work in the Museum Shop.

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  • Mahesh (active circa 1730–70). Matsya Kills Hayagriva. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Chamba), circa 1745. Opaque watercolor on paper, 7 5/8 x 11 11/32 in. (19.4 x 28.8 cm). The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990:1187

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  • Pot Lid with Painting of Matsya Slaying the Demon. Eastern India (Orissa), Late 19th or early 20th century. Opaque watercolor and lacquer on wood, diameter 7 1/2 in. (19 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley F. Myers, 1995-151-6

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  • Matsya. Northern India (Eastern Himachal Pradesh), 11th century or later. Schist, 14 5/8 x 12 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (37.1 x 30.8 x 9.5 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with funds contributed by Miss Anna Warren Ingersoll, Nelson Rockefeller, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Mrs. Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, Dr. I. S. Ravdin, Mrs. Stella Elkins Tyler, Louis E. Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Levy, Mrs. Flagler Harris, and with funds from the bequest of Sophia Cadwalader, funds from the proceeds of the sale of deaccessioned works of art, the George W. B. Taylor Fund, the John T. Morris Fund, the John H. McFadden, Jr., Fund, the Popular Subscription Fund, and the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund from the Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1956-75-39

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  • Matsya Saves Manu and the Sages, page from a Bhagavata Purana manuscript. Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur or Bikaner), circa 1775. Opaque watercolor on paper, 5 1/8 x 7 11/16 in. (13 x 19.5 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Former collection Horst Metzger, RVI 1978

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