Gupta, Early 5th century AD
Cave 5, Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh, India.

One of the many excellences of this relief is its appealing combination of power and tenderness. Varaha's massive body subdues the naga without crushing it, and uplifts the Earth goddess who affectionately clings to his muzzle.

The figure on a lotus pedestal, at the left side of the photo beside Varaha's leg, holds the stem of the lotus that appears above Varaha's head. Bhu Devi also is supported by a lotus plant.