StudentFirstName StudentLastName Professor FirstName LastName Humanities 01 10 May 2010 Perspectives on a Vamana Statue Introduction The sandstone statue of Vamana at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a magnificent depiction of a famous incarnation in Hindu mythology. Vamana is an avatar, or incarnation, of Vishnu, the Protector in the Hindu trinity of major gods. Vishnu had many famous avatars including Krishna and Narasimha. Vamana was the fifth avatar of Vishnu and the first one which appeared in a completely human form. One of the most striking aspects of Vamana is that he is a dwarf. Vamana was born to the Sage Kashyap and his wife Aditi. "The gods conferred on him all the accoutrements of a brahmin; staff, water, jar, sacred...The end:
.....hat human beings and the will of the good will always triumph in the end. Works Cited Basu, Major B.D. The Sacred Book of the Hindus, Vol. XVII, Part II. Allahabad, India: The Panini Office, Bhuvaneshvari Ashrama, 1917. Print. Newman, Richard. The Stone Sculpture of India. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984. Print. Raman, Varadaraja. Bālakāṇḍa: Rāmāyaṇa as Literature and Cultural History. Mumbai, India: Popular Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., 1998. Print. Soifer, Deborah. The Myths of Narasiṁha and Vāmana: Two Avatars in Cosmological Perspective. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1991. Print. Thapar, Romila. Cyclic and Linear Time in Early India. Museum International, 57.3: 19-31. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 10 May 2010.