Sarasvati, goddess of speech, learning, and the arts, is revered by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists alike. Associated especially with music and knowledge, she plays the vina (a stringed instrument) and holds a palm-leaf manuscript. Here, she a...
Nan va Halva (Breads and Sweets)
Muhammad Baha' al-Din al-'Amili (1547?1620)
India, Deccan, Aurangabad
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: leather
The text of this book is a series of moralizing poems on the merits of the ascetic life, three...
Plaque with a Royal Family
1st century B.C.
India (West Bengal, Chandraketugarh)
This family scene and the touching intimacy that permeates it are unusual in Indian terracotta. With his left hand, the man, seated on a chair, holds the back of his wife's head: she stands ...
The Presence of Siva
By Stella Kramrisch
Published by Princeton University Press - 1992
One of the three great gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, The Rg Veda, evokes his presence in its hymns; Vedic myths, rituals, and even astronomy...
A bronze sculpture of a seated figure of the Hindu god Siva. He has four arms and carries a parasu (axe) in his proper right rear hand, a mrga (deer) in his proper left rear hand, a naga (cobra) in his proper left fore hand and he holds his proper rig...
Uma is a mother goddess, and she is depicted here as turning toward her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, a companion sculpture from which this image of Uma has been separated. The grace and femininity of this solid-cast fig...
Divine Images, Human Visions:
The Max Tanenbaum Collection of South Asian and Himalayan Art in the National Gallery of Canada
By Pratapaditya Pal
Published by National Gallery of Canada - 1997
A fascinating text by Dr. Pratapaditya Pal makes this an exciting narrative for the scho...