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The Hindu deity Vishnu in the form of the man-lion Narasimha
Place of Origin: Bangladesh
Date: approx. 1100-1200
Materials: Carbonaceous chloritoid phyllite
Dimensions: H. 29 1/2 in x W. 16 in x D. 6 1/2 in, H. 74.9 cm x W. 40.6 cm x D. 16.5 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Connoisseurs' Council
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: 1997.4
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 2

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Label: A certain evil demon could not be killed by man or beast, indoors or out, during the day or night. To defeat the demon, Vishnu took the form of a half man-half lion, hid in the pillar of a doorway, and attacked at dusk. Here Vishnu, in his man-lion form, disembowels the demon and treads on him in triumph. This act represents the role and power of the Hindu gods in restoring order and balance in a world of chaos.

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Exhibition History: "Vishnu: India's Blue-Skinned Savior", Frist Center for Cultural Arts, February 20, 2011 -May 29, 2011, Brooklyn Museum, June 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011
Label: A certain evil demon could not be killed by man or beast, indoors or out, during the day or night. To defeat the demon, Vishnu took the form of a half man-half lion, hid in the pillar of a doorway, and attacked at dusk. Here Vishnu, in his man-lion form, disembowels the demon and treads on him in triumph. This act represents the role and power of the Hindu gods in restoring order and balance in a world of chaos.
Exhibition History: "Vishnu: India's Blue-Skinned Savior", Frist Center for Cultural Arts, February 20, 2011 -May 29, 2011, Brooklyn Museum, June 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011