The incarnation of a deity in human or animal form on earth, usually to fend off an evil being or force.

She advanced in identical and anonymous and deliberate wagons as though through a succession of creakwheeled and limpeared avatars.
- LIA (7)

... maybe still standing there and holding the stallions reins after Sutpen had entered the cabin, still hearing the galloping, watching the proud galloping image merge and pass, galloping through avatars which marked the accumulation of years, time, to the fine climax where it galloped without weariness or progress, forever and forever immortal...

- AA (231)