Fourth incarnation of Vishnu, half-man and half-lion, 1774-1781.
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Engraving by Poison after a painting by Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814), showing Vishnu, one of the three principle Hindu gods or aspects of deity, the others being Shiva and Brahma. Vishnu is seen here with six arms, tearing the entrails from the demon Hiranyakashipu. Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781' ('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781'), published in 1782.