The great Hindu god Vishnu preserves the order of the universe. When equilibrium is threatened, one of his many avatars or incarnations journeys to the earth to restore peace. Matsya, Vishnu’s fish avatar Vishnu saved the first human from a flood. Later Matsya created a cyclone in which he collected one of every species of plant and animal. Here Vishnu appears from the mouth of the fish while the four-headed god Brahma looks on.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Intimate Encounters: Indian paintings from Australian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2007–04 May 2007