Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
The name of the anthropomorphic form of Varaha, an avatar (manifestation) of the Hindu deity, Vishnu. As Varaha, Vishnu assumes the form of a boar to raise the Earth goddess, Prithvi or Bhudevi, from the cosmic oceans, while as Bhuvara, he has the head of a boar and the body of a human male. In iconographical depictions, he is shown standing with one foot placed on the serpent Adisesha, while he holds Bhudevi on his left shoulder or elbow.