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Varaha

Varaha is heroic and good-natured. He looks like a boar, with tusks.

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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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  • Varaha Rescuing Bhu Devi. Southern India (Kerala), circa 14th–15th century. Bronze, 13 x 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. (33 x 19.7 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul E. Manheim, 78.259.1

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  • Varaha Rescuing Bhu Devi. Northern India (Rajasthan), circa 1000. Schist, 33 x 17 1/4 x 6 in. (83.8 x 43.8 x 15.2 cm). Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B62S15+

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  • Cosmic Varaha. Northern India (Rajasthan), 12th century. Black phyllite, 21 3/4 x 29 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (55.3 x 75 x 31.8 cm). The James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection

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  • Attributed to Mahesh of Chamba (active circa 1730–70). Varaha Rescuing the Earth, page from an illustrated Dashavatara series. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Chamba), circa 1750–75. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 8 1/16 x 11 in. (20.5 x 28 cm). Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Gift of Balthasar and Nanni Reinhart, RVI 1514

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  • Varaha Rescuing the Earth, page from an illustrated Dashavatara series. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Bilaspur), circa 1730–40. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 10 1/2 x 8 1/8 in. (26.7 x 20.65 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By Exchange, 41.1026

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  • Varaha Rescuing the Earth, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Gita Govinda. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra style), circa 1775–80. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 6 3/4 x 10 9/16 in. (17.1 x 26.8 cm). The Kronos Collections

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  • Attributed to Manaku (circa 1700–1760). Varaha Appears Before Brahma and Sages, page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana. Northern India (Punjab Hills, possibly Guler), circa 1735–40. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (21 x 31.7 cm). Collection of Eberhard Rist

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