Art, Sculpture and Treasures of India

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 27 Jul 2015 Sculpture
Gods and Animals in a Landscape, Fragment from a Scene of Buddha Shakyamuni's Sermon to Indra
Pakistan, Peshawar Division (?), Gandhara region, 2nd-early 3rd century
Sculpture
Gray schist with traces of paint

Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 27 Jul 2015 Sculpture
Head of Buddha Shakyamuni
Devni Mori, 375-400
India, Gujarat
Sculpture
Terracotta

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 27 Jul 2015 Sculpture
Buddha Shakyamuni or the Jina Buddha Vairochana
Kashmir region, circa 725-750
India, Jammu and Kashmir
Sculpture
Brass inlaid with silver

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 16 Jun 2015 Rare Paintings
Vishnu as The Universal Form, watercolour on paper, early 19th century, Jaipur.

This striking painting shows the blue-skinned Hindu god Vishnu in his form as the Universal Form or Vishvarupa, which means 'all forms'. The small figures painted on his body refer to his role as encompassing all of ... Read More
 14 Jun 2015 Sculpture
Yoga Narashimha, Vishnu in his Man-Lion Avatar, c. 1250
South India, late Chola Period (9th-13th Century)
Bronze

According to Hindu legend, the god Brahma granted King Hiranyakashipu a remarkable boon stipulating that the king could not be killed by man or beast, indoors or outdoors, on earth or... Read More
 27 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Muhammad Adil Shah of Bijapur and his African Prime Minister Ikhlas Khan
Bijapur 1650-1675
Watercolor
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; border: paper embossed with gold

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 25 May 2015 Rare Paintings
The House of Bijapur
Painting by Kamal Muhammad and Chand Muhammad (active 1680s)
Illustrated album leaf
ca. 1680
Deccan, Bijapur
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper

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 25 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Painted Cloth (Pichwai) Depicting the Celebration of the Festival of Cows
Late 18th–early 19th century
Deccan, India
Painted and printed gold and silver leaf, opaque watercolor on indigo-dyed cotton

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 22 May 2015 Video
Video:
Shiva - The Lord of Dance
The Chola bronzes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Narrated by Izhar Patkin

Watch this beautiful HD video:

http://bit.ly/1KppLlW

An artist's experience with the awe inspiring Chola statues in the Met Museum. Read More
 20 May 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
The Ajanta cave murals: 'nothing less than the birth of Indian art'.
By William Dalrymple
The Guardian

The paintings are possibly the finest surviving picture galleries from the ancient world. Now, the oldest in two of the caves – hidden for decades – have been painstakingly restore... Read More
 18 May 2015 Rare Paintings
Copy of painting in the caves of Ajanta by Robert Gill, oil on canvas, 1850-1854, India.

This is a copy of a painting in cave 1 at Ajanta. The white patches cover fragile areas that require conservation work. The Ajanta cave paintings are the oldest surviving examples of painting in India. They ... Read More
 17 May 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Unseen Ajanta
By William Dalrymple
Outlook Magazine - November 24, 2014

The oldest classical Indian paintings, retrieved from time, and decay.

..."More exciting still, this earliest phase of work is not just very old, but very fine indeed and painted in a quite different style, and usi... Read More
 15 May 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
How the Ajanta murals were created
By Aishwarya Pramod
The Magic Tours of India Blog

The Ajanta cave paintings (from around 200 BCE to 500 CE) represent India's art at a great height of sophistication and skill. These scenes of the life of Buddha and the bodhisattvas, natural beauty and... Read More
 10 May 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Operation Hidden Idol: The Struggle To Bring Back Indian Antiquities
By S. Vijay Kumar
Swarajya

After the first part on how artefacts worth millions are smuggled from India because of the indifference of the authorities, the sequel looks at what happens to these lost Gods in an unendin... Read More
 9 May 2015 Sculpture
Ganesha, Lord of Obstacles
India, Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir region, 10th-11th century
Sculpture
Copper alloy

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 9 May 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
India Has Abandoned Its Gods
By S.Vijay Kumar
Swarajya

How artefacts worth millions are smuggled from India, and the authorities don’t seem to care.

A few days ago a US official revealed the full extent of “Operation Hidden Idol” which had recovered approximately 2,600 items wort... Read More
 13 Apr 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
India: Art and Culture, 1300–1900
By Stuart Cary Welch
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1985

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Download pdf Book:

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India: Art and Culture 1300–1900 is a tribute to the rich and varied culture of I... Read More
 13 Apr 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Satarudriya: Vibhuti Or Shiva's Iconography
Calambur Sivaramamurti
Published by Abhinav Publications - 1976

The present book on ‘Satarudriya: Vibhuti of Siva’s Iconography’ is not only the text from the Krishnayajurveda Taittiriya Samhita with its translation but is a di... Read More
 12 Apr 2015 Sculpture
Vishnu in agama asana
India, Uttar Pradesh, 11th century
Sculpture
Sandstone

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 12 Apr 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Vishnudharmottara - A Treatise on Indian Painting and Image-Making
By Stella Kramrisch
Lecturer in Fine Arts (Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture), Calcutta University
Published by Calcutta University Press - 1928

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