Sculpture
 20 Nov 2020 Sculpture
The Goddess Durga Slaying the Demon Buffalo Mahishasura
12th century
India (Himachal Pradesh, probably Chamba Valley)

Functioning as an altar shrine, complete with a lustration basin, this icon depicts the goddess Durga in the act of conquering the demon buffalo Mahisha. Durga crushes the b... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahisasura Mardini)
10th century
India (Rajasthan)

The multi-armed Durga tramples the slain buffalo with her raised leg while plunging her trident into the human form of the demon Mahisha seen emerging from the neck of the beast. Her vehicle, the... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
Plaque with the Goddess Durga Standing on a Lotus
1st century B.C.
India (West Bengal)

Image and text credit:
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
Shiva Nataraja
18th century
Bronze

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 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
Parvati
10th century
Bronze, with base: 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
Chola

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 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
hiva as Chandrashekhara

Bronze
Tamil Nadu, India
ca. 970 C.E.
Chola dynasty

Shiva is one of Hinduism’s most powerful and charismatic deities. He builds up great reserves of energy through the practice of yoga and then uses that energy to propel the cosmos. This sculpture shows the god as... Read More
 21 Jun 2017 Sculpture
Virupa, the Lord of Yoga
Tibet, 15th century

The inscription along the the foot of the base translated:

"With a body blue in color,
The right hand pressed to the ground,
The left upraised in a threatening gesture, seated in the sattva posture;
To the One reversing the Ganga, I bow! Mangalam."

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 9 May 2017 Sculpture
A rare and important terracotta relief depicting Narasimha

India, Punjab, Gupta Period, circa 5th Century

He stands in a relaxed pose leaning on his club, while two unidentified headless figures cower to the left.

Text and image credit:
Bonhams Read More
 9 May 2017 Sculpture
A blackstone stele of Narasimha

Bangladesh, Pala period, 12th century

Narasimha stands astride a broad lotus base, supporting and disemboweling the demon Hiranyakashipu, he wears jewelry and garments of classic form, his wrathful leonine face framed by a broad mane and surmounted by a tall crow... Read More
 9 May 2017 Sculpture
A red sandstone relief depicting Narasimha killing Hiranyakashipu

12th Century
Central India

The lion-headed avatar of Vishnu standing in a menacing pose with his left foot on a pedestal, his hands tearing open the abdomen of the evil king Hiranyakashipu; adorned with ornaments and wearing a h... Read More
 11 Apr 2017 Sculpture
A GILT COPPER FIGURE OF PANCHAMUKHI HANUMAN
NEPAL, LATE MALLA PERIOD, CIRCA 1702

The shaft with a Nepali inscription translated, "On the 9th of the bright half of the month of Jyestha Nepal Samvat 822 [1702CE] King Bhupatindra Malla had [this sculpture] made for the occasion of the Siddhagni kot... Read More
 7 Apr 2017 Sculpture
The Maharishi Agastya
Indonesia, Central Java, 10th century
Sculpture
Volcanic stone

Image credit:
Museum Associates, dba Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 5 Apr 2017 Sculpture
Sri Rama
Kerala, Chera Period, 11th Century
Copper alloy

Cast with the high ornamentation and expressive vitality of the Kerala style, this engaging and accomplished bronze is a rare sculptural depiction of Rama, the hero of India's great epic.

His expression is one of limitless vigor and abili... Read More
 25 Feb 2017 Sculpture
Shiva and Parvati
900 AD
Sandstone sculpture
India

Image credit:
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Read More
 17 Jan 2017 Sculpture
A sandstone stele of a cow suckling a calf

Central India, circa 12th century

Carved in openwork with a cow suckling her young beneath an overhanging tree, flanked by a small donor figure supporting a tray of fruit.

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 5 Dec 2016 Sculpture
Dancing Celestial Deity (Devata)

early 12th century
India (Uttar Pradesh)
Sandstone

Imagine posing as a model for this dancing female figure. You'll soon realize that this striking pose is anatomically impossible. Yet the sculptor has captured the essence of continuous, whirling motion.

This ... Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Sculpture
Bust of Vishnu

Gupta period
5th?6th century
India (Bengal)
Terracotta

Image credit:
? 2000?2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art 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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