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Man-Lion Incarnation of Vishnu, c. 1650

India: Rajasthan, Mewar, 1625-1675
Opaque watercolor on paper
image: 6-5/8 x 8-5/8 in. (16.8 x 21.9 cm); sheet: 7-1/2 x 9-1/2 in. (19.1 x 24.1 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor
© Norton Simon Museum

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One of Vishnu's most powerful avatars is Narasimha, the Man-lion, emphasizing the integration of animal and human forms in Hindu iconography. Vishnu is shown disemboweling the demon Hiranyakasipu while Shiva and Brahma look down from the heavens; four devotees watch in awe as the gory scene unfolds.

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