Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama

Encountering Vishnu The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama

Date(s): Dec 19, 2015 – Jun 5, 2016
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028

Dramas presented during religious festivals in southern India are an important aspect of popular Hindu celebration. This exhibition highlights five rare wooden sculptural masks that represent a largely unrecorded category of late medieval Indian devotional art. The masks depict the protagonists in a deadly battle between Vishnu in his man-lion avatar, Narasimha, and an evil king whose destruction was essential for the restoration of order in the universe.

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