Narasimha is energetic and ferocious. He appears as a half-man, half-lion.

Accompanied 762 visitors

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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  • Narasimha Kills Hiranyakashipu, page from an illustrated Dashavatara series. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Nurpur or Chamba), circa 1700–25. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 8 7/16 x 5 7/8 in. (21.5 x 15 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Gift of Balthasar and Nanni Reinhart, MRZ 2005.46

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  • Yoga-Narasimha. Southern India (Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur region), Chola period, 12th century. Bronze, 18 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (47.6 x 21.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg, 1998 (2000.284.4)

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  • Narasimha Kills Hiranyakashipu. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Mankot), circa 1700–23. Opaque watercolor on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 7/16 in. (21 x 29 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Former collection Alice Boner, RVI 1210

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  • Narasimha Kills Hiranyakashipu, with an Earlier Episode Below. Bangladesh, circa 1100–1200. Carbonaceous chloritic phyllite, 29 x 16 x 6 1/2 in. (73.7 x 40.6 x 16.5 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Gift of the Connoisseurs' Council, 1997.4

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  • Narasimha. Northern India (Mathura area), circa mid 6th century. Sandstone, 33 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (84.46 x 46.99 x 19.05 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, purchased with funds provided by the Jane and Justin Dart Foundation, M.81.90.20

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  • Lakshmi-Narasimha. Eastern India (Orissa), circa 1250. Sandstone, 35 3/8 x 20 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. (89.9 x 51.1 x 28.6 cm). Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1987.176

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  • Narasimha. Northern India (Mathura area), circa 4th century. Sandstone. 14 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. (36.2 x 21.6 x 9.8 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art. Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund and the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1987-18-1

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