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 26 Oct 2016 New Books
New Book Lauch:
The Mewar Ramayana
The finest surviving illustrated manuscript in India
By J.P.Losty and Sumedha Verma Ojha
Published by Roli Books - 26 October 2016

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Welcome to one of the world's most beautiful Ramayana manuscripts. The original was prepar... Read More
 6 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Goddess Sarasvati
India, Gujarat
1153 AD
Sculpture
White marble

Sarasvati, the Goddess of knowledge, learning, and music, is identified in the inscription on the base of this work. It states that the nobleman Parasuruma commissioned the piece in 1156 from the master builder Jagadeva to replace o... Read More
 4 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Sri Lakshmi
India, Kerala
16th century
Sculpture
Copper alloy

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 4 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Gaja Lakshmi
India, Uttar Pradesh, Kausambi (?)
1st century B.C.
Sculpture
Terracotta

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 4 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Sri Lakshmi
India, Tamil Nadu, Kaveri region
9th century, with circa 12th century recutting
Sculpture
Granite

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 3 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Seated portrait of Devi, the Great Goddess, showing her eight arms bearing attributes of her divine powers - the conch, goad, lotus, discus, shield, mace, banner, and the sword. The goddess is depicted in a palace setting, is nimbate, and seated on a lotus seat on a hexagonal golden throne with a... Read More
 2 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Goddess Durga Slaying the Demon Nishumbha
Folio from a Devimahatmya (Glory of the Goddess)
India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, circa 1825-1850
Opaque watercolor, gold, silver, and ink on paper

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 2 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Durga slaying the buffalo demon
Indonesia, Central Java, 9th-10th century
Sculpture
Volcanic stone

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 2 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Durga slaying the buffalo demon
India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, circa 200
Sculpture
Mottled red sandstone

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 1 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon
India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, circa 2nd century
Sculpture
Terracotta

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 1 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Durga Shrine

Late 18th - Late 19th century
Bengal, India

Durga represented as Mahishaasuramardini, recounting the legend of her fight against the buffalo demon Mahisha. Durga, mounted on a lion, with ten arms in which she holds the weapons granted by the gods of polytheistic Hinduism, will figh... Read More
 1 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
The Gods adoring Durga after Her defeat of a demon
Folio from a Devimahatmya (Glory of the Goddess)
India, Madhya Pradesh, Chatarpur (Bundelkhand), circa 1775

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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 1 Oct 2016 Sculpture
Durga slaying the buffalo demon, Mahishasura
India, Karnataka, 13th century
Hoysala Sculpture
Magnesian schist

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 5 Sep 2016 Sculpture
Dancing Ganesha
India, Madhya Pradesh, 11th century
Sculpture
Sandstone

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 5 Sep 2016 Sculpture
Four-Armed Ganesha Seated on Two Lions

9th–early 10th century
Pakistan (Northwest Frontier Province, probably Swat Valley)
Bronze with silver inlay

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 5 Sep 2016 Rare Paintings
Ganesha

This is one of 12 miniatures from a manuscript of Hindu rituals and devotional tracts. The manuscript is written in the Sanskrit language, in Sarada script. It has 74 pages and was made in Kashmir during the 18th century.

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 5 Jun 2016 Sculpture
A sandstone figural relief of Surya
Central India, 10th/11th Century

The solar deity standing in a frontal hieratic pose with both hands raised and holding a stylized blossoms, a small figure of his consort standing between his boots and accompanied by his two sons Shani and Yama standing on the... Read More
 22 May 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Some Notes on Indian Artistic Anatomy
By Abanindranath Tagore (1871-195)
Published by Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta - 1914

"Originally appeared in Bengali in the 'Prabasi' (Pous and Magh 1320) and has now been translated by Mr. Sukumar Ray and is reprinted from The ... Read More
 22 May 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
Recognizing the Gods
By Vidya Dehejia
Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art
Columbia University

In India, the aim of art was never to imitate nature or to recreate reality through illusionistic devices; rather, the goal was to produce an idealized form. Sculptors d... Read More
 21 May 2016 Sculpture
Head of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 300s-400s

Afghanistan or Pakistan, Gandhara, late Kushan Period (1st century-320)
Stucco

By this period, individual bodhisattvas were beginning to be revered as ideal figures who would deliberately postpone their own enlightenment and entrance into final ni... Read More