A Buff Sandstone Stele of Narashima
India, Uttar Pradesh, 10th/11th Century
The man-lion avatar of Vishnu crisply carved standing with arms raised pulling his mane, flanked by donor figures, his personified attributes of the club and wheel and rampant vyala mounted on elephants
18 in. (45.7 cm.) high
According to Hindu texts, Vishnu assumed the lion form to vanquish the non-believing demon-king, Hiranyakapisu, and establish his divine authority.