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L. Man-lion Avatar of Vishnu. C. Hayasura - Horse avatar of Vishnu. R. Lion-Man
10th c L. Indian C. Khmer R. Nepalese Pala Sculpture

PALA DYNASTY Anonymous (750 - c. 1150) Primary
PALA DYNASTY Anonymous (750 - c. 1150)
PALA DYNASTY Anonymous (750 - c. 1150)
c. 900-999
10th c
Pala
Relief
Bengal India.
Pasadena. Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena.
Dance24.ind01069
In his incarnation as a Man-lion, Vishnu kills a wicked king who had decided to kill his son, who was a devotee of Vishnu. The Man-lion tears out the entrails of the evil-doer. The lion was considered the fiercest and most valiant of beasts, and valor was considered to be an aspect of divinity. The cult of the Man-lion was an ancient one, going back to the Aryan warriors, and was absorbed into Hinduism. Hayasursa , the horse avatar of Vishnu, was popular with the Khmers of Cambodia. The protector of the scriptures, he dived to the bottom of the sea to rescue the Vedas which had been stolen by two genies. The style of the noble and gentle horse-man is quite different from abrupt angles that are used to illustrate the lion-man. On the right is a Nepalese version of a Vishnu avatar. Look at it carefully and see which one it represents. This figure is from an active shrine and it has been painted and decorated with a necklace of flowers.

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