Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
Vishnu’s incarnation in the form of a boar. Varaha is third of Vishnu’s ten incarnate forms (dashavatara) and is associated with killing the demon Hiranyaksha. In its zoomorphic representations, Varaha is depicted as a boar, with Bhudevi, the goddess personifying the earth, hanging onto his tusks; in his anthropomorphic representation, he is show as a boar-headed man with Bhudevi on his knee.