20 Mar 2013 Sculpture
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... Read More
 20 Mar 2013 Sculpture
Head of Krishna(?)
Si Thep style, 7th century
Thailand (Phetchabun Province)
H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)

Although this head is closely related to Pre-Angkor sculpture, the facial features show close affinities with the emerging Mon-Dvaravati style of Thailand. Typical of the production of... Read More
 20 Mar 2013 Sculpture
Linga with One Face of Shiva (Ekamukhalinga)
Mon-Dvaravati period, 7th–early 8th century
Thailand (Phetchabun Province, Si Thep)
H. 55 1/8 in. (140 cm)

Kings established monumental lingas throughout Thailand in the seventh and eighth centuries. Clearly Shaivism was important to these... Read More
 20 Mar 2013 Sculpture
The Mon-Dvaravati Tradition of Early North-Central Thailand
By Kurt Behrendt
Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Between the seventh and ninth centuries, multiple competing kingdoms emerged in central Thailand and it is at this time that the earliest Buddhist and ... Read More
 20 Mar 2013 Sculpture
Standing Hari-Hara
Pre-Angkor period, Prasat Andet style
Late 7th–early 8th century
Cambodia or Vietnam

35 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (90.2 x 34 cm)

The veneration of a composite of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) was popular in the Mekong Delta area in the seventh and eighth centuries. Shiv... Read More
 10 Mar 2013 Sculpture
Sitting statue with four arms, Dieng Plateau, Java - 1864

Photographer: Van Kinsbergen
(Brugge 1821 - Batavia 1905)

Source: Rijksmuseum Read More
 25 Jan 2013 Sculpture
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”... Read More
 17 Jan 2013 Sculpture
Statue of four-armed goddess with child (?Devi) and other fragments of sculpture, Rajaona, Monghyr District - 1871

Photograph of a statue of a four-armed goddess with child (Devi?) and other fragments of sculpture from Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District, taken by Joseph David Beglar around 187... Read More
 17 Jan 2013 Sculpture
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... Read More
 9 Nov 2012 Sculpture
13th -14th c.
Wood with traces of pigment
Height: 41.5 in.

Source: Nancy Wiener Gallery Inc. Read More
 9 Nov 2012 Sculpture
Female bust
India, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
Period: Medieval tenth and eleventh century AD
H. : 78 cm - L. : 38 cm

(Translation attributed to the Google translator from the original in French):

Since ancient times, India dedicated to the woman a special devotion. Figurine... Read More
 9 Nov 2012 Sculpture
Tree Dryad (Shalabhanjika)
12th–13th century
India (Orissa)
Ferruginous stone
Dimensions: H. 42 1/2 in. (108 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm)

Integrated into the carved facades of Indian temples is a host of seductive females whose identifications are not always apparent. Some are nature spirits.... Read More
 9 Nov 2012 Sculpture
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... Read More
 9 Nov 2012 Sculpture
Sandstone figure of Shalabhanjika Yakshi

From stupa 1 at Sanchi, Central India
1st century AD

For a bracket from a stupa gateway

The Great Stupa at Sanchi is said to contain the relics of the Buddha himself. The form of the stupa was a development of the ancient practice of erecting a h... Read More
 8 Nov 2012 Sculpture
Shiva Nataraja - 11th century

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... Read More
 3 Nov 2012 Sculpture
Sandstone stele depicting Matsya

From central India, 9th century AD

The first incarnation of Vishnu

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... Read More
 27 Oct 2012 Sculpture
Relief portrait bust of Shahjahan
Mughal India, second quarter of the 17th century
Alabaster with remains of gilding and polychromy
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

The Mughal empire encompassed large parts of the Indian sub-continent (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh) from 1526 to the mid-ni... Read More