Four-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion, ca. second quarter of 8th century
Prakhon Chai, Buriram Province, Thailand
Bronze with high tin content; silver and black-glass or obsidian inlay in eyes
H. 56 in. (142.2 cm)
In the Buddhist pantheon, the Bodhisattva Avalok...
Calligraphic dragon head
Golconda, 2nd half of the 17th century - 1st half of the 18th century
This brass openwork dragon or makara head was a finial piece from a religious standard (alam) displayed at a Shi’a Muslim shrine. It is composed of Arabic script: “Help is from God and Victory near”...
Buddha Shakyamuni, Sandstone, Bodhgaya, eastern India, 9th-10th century
This sculpture captures the inner calm and tranquillity of Buddhahood. Here the Buddha is seated in a meditation posture on a lotus pedestal, with hands in ‘dharmacakramudra’. He is expounding the Buddhist law ('dharma'), an...
Sculpture piece excavated from the Stupa at Bharhut: Pillar with Culakoka devata - 1874
Photograph of part of a pillar depicting a jetavana scene, excavated from the stupa at Bharhut taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1874. We cannot be sure what part of the stupa this piece came from, however it...
Shiva is depicted here as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), standing in a ring of fire in the anandatandava position. He is both the creator and destroyer of the world. He is standing on a dwarf, symbolising ignorance. Richly decorated bronze statues of Hindu gods lik...
The Hindu god Vishnu fulfils the role of a preserver and maintainer of order in the universe. His followers believe that in times of spiritual and political decline, Vishnu descends on the...