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 21 May 2016 Sculpture
Seated Sakyamuni, late 1st century - early 2nd century A.D.

India, Mathura, Kushan Period (1st century-320)
Red mottled sandstone

This Buddha is placed on a lion pedestal, part of which is broken off. The pedestal was undoubtedly flanked on both sides by seated lions in profile; its center is d... Read More
 21 May 2016 Rare Paintings
Krishna Kills The Tornado Demon Trinavarta
Folio from the "Tularam" Bhagavata Purana

India, Gujarat, Surat (?), circa 1625-1650
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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 20 May 2016 Artefacts
Pendant with Narasimha

India, Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir region
9th-10th century
Jewellery
Copper alloy inlaid with silver; traces of paint

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 20 May 2016 Rare Paintings
Narasimha Disemboweling Hiranyakashipu, Folio from a Bhagavata Purana

India, Himachal Pradesh, Nurpur, circa 1760-1770
Watercolor
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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 20 May 2016 Sculpture
Narasimha, the Man-Lion Avatar of Vishnu

India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura region, mid-6th century
Sculpture
Mottled red sandstone

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 8 May 2016 Sculpture
Ayyanar (also spelt Aiyyanar, Ayanar or Iyenar) is a Hindu village god of Tamil Nadu also worshipped by Sri Lankan Tamils. He is primarily worshipped as a guardian deity who protects the rural villages. Most officiating priests are derive from local potter community, but other caste members also ... Read More
 16 Apr 2016 Rare Paintings
Rama Chastises the Dying Vali, Folio from a Ramayana (Adventures of Rama)
India, Sub-Imperial Mughal, Agra (?), circa 1595

Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper.

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 16 Apr 2016 Rare Paintings
Rama and Lakshmana Meet Sugriva at Matanga's Hermitage, Folio from a Ramayana (Adventures of Rama)
India, Sub-Imperial Mughal, Agra (?), circa 1595

Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on paper.

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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Shiva as the Supreme Teacher

India, Tamil Nadu, 950-1000
Sculpture
Granulite

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Ravana Receiving the Pashupata Weapon from Shiva

India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra (?), circa 1850-1900
Watercolor

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Shiva Bearing the Descent of the Ganges River, folio from a Hindi manuscript by the saint Narayan

India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler, Bathu, circa 1740
Watercolor

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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
One-Faced Linga (Ekamukhalinga), 600s-700s

Eastern India, Bihar, Medieval Period, Pala Dynasty, 7th-8th Century
Chloritic schist

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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Triad, early 900s

Indonesia, Central Java, Prambanam, Temple of Loro Jonggrang, Early 10th Century
Volcanic stone

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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Shiva as Slayer of the Elephant Demon, 1000s

South India, Tamil Nadu, early Chola Period, 11th century
Granite

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Shiva and Devi on Gajasura's Hide, c. 1675-1680

India, Pahari Hills, Basohli school, 17th century
Ink and color on paper

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Shiva Under Trees, c. 1780

India, Pahari, Kangra school, 18th century
Color on paper

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Panel fragment with the god Shiva/Oesho

Kushan
3rd century A.D.
Bactria
Kushan
Terracotta, gouache

This rare Central Asian votive panel depicts a deity (with nimbus) being approached by a worshiper, probably nonroyal but portrayed as of equal stature to the god. Compositionally, they follow sce... Read More
 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Linga Altar with Four Faces of Shiva

Thakuri period
ca.1045
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Copper alloy

Shiva linga are variously represented as an unadorned pillar or with one, four, or five heads of Shiva. This linga altar has a four-faced form (chaturmukha). It is banded, likely with munja grass h... Read More
 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Shiva as Mrityunjaya, the Conquerer of Death

Pala period
12th century
Bangladesh or India (Bengal)
Black stone

This is an extremely rare representation of Shiva as Mrityunjaya, the destroyer of death and disease. He is shown deep in meditation in yogic form, as indicated by his interlocked legs... Read More
 6 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Standing Bodisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future)

ca. 3rd century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Schist

Maitreya is the Buddha of the next age, much as Shakyamuni is the Buddha of our age. He resides in Tushita heaven waiting for his final rebirth. As befits his highest rebirth, he wea... Read More