Varaha Rescuing Bhu Devi
The Hindu god Vishnu is said to have descended from heaven several times in order to save mankind. When he descends he assumes special forms, called avatars. He once became a boar, named Varaha, and plunged to the bottom of the primordial ocean to retrieve the drowning earth.
This image of Varaha shows him with the earth (in the form of a goddess) seated on his shoulder. He has the head of a boar, but the four arms and superhuman body of the god Vishnu, and his raised foot suggests that he is stepping out of the ocean.
- Medium: Bronze
- Dates: c. 14th-15th century
- Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. (32.4 x 19.7 x 13 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 78.259.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Paul E. Manheim
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Varaha Rescuing Bhu Devi, c. 14th-15th century. Bronze, 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. (32.4 x 19.7 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul E. Manheim, 78.259.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (63%)