Vamana is charismatic and clever. He is very small and carries a parasol.

Accompanied 697 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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  • Vamana Receiving Water. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Mankot), circa 1700–25. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver-colored paint on paper, 11 5/16 x 8 13/16 in. (28.7 x 22.4 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art, Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004-149-32

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  • Vamana. Northern India (Kashmir), circa 800. Bronze, 7 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 2 in. (18.4 x 9.8 x 5 cm). Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, I 10125

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  • Vamana Avatar. Eastern India, Pala period, 13th century. Schist, height 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm). Collection of Peggy Scott and David Treplitzky

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  • Attributed to Nikka (circa 1745–1833). Vamana Having his Feet Washed. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Guler style at Chamba), circa 1775–80. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 15 x 12 in. (38.1 x 30.5 cm). Collection of Eberhard Rist

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  • Trivikrama. Central India (Madhya Pradesh), 10th century. Sandstone, 8 7/8 x 9 x 3 1/8 in. (22.5 x 23 x 8 cm). Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, I 9989

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  • Trivikrama. Eastern India (Orissa), 12th century. Gneissic rock, 37 x 19 5/8 x 12 in. (93.9 x 49.8 x 30.5 cm). Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Nathan Rubin and the Ida Ladd Family Foundation, 2001.428

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