Vishnu Flanked by His Personified Attributes, early 9th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015 (2015.500.4.10) | This work is exhibited in the “Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama” exhibition, on view through June 5, 2016. #AsianArt100
Torso of Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara, ca. 6th century. Southern India. Lent by Victoria and Albert Museum, London (IM.300-1914) | This bronze discovered in Thailand and related works recovered in Java and Borneo form a coherent class of object and are unlikely to have been locally cast, suggesting a widespread diffusion of the late Amaravati style of southern India. #LostKingdoms
Narasimha, Vishnu’s Man-Lion Avatar, ca. 1700–1750. Southern India, Tamil Nadu, probably Thanjavur district. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Gifts, 2015 (2015.255.1a–f) | This work is featured in the “Encountering Vishnu: The Lion Avatar in Indian Temple Drama” exhibition, on view through June 5, 2016. #AsianArt100
Enthroned Buddha Vairocana, late 8th–9th century. Southern Thailand. Lent by National Museum, Bangkok, donated by Khun Phoomopayakkhet in 1927 | Lent by National Museum, Bangkok, donated by Khun Phoomopayakkhet in 1927. #LostKingdoms
Seated Buddha, 1st–mid-2nd century a.d. Pakistan, ancient region of Gandhara. Bronze with traces of gold leaf.
Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), ca. 11th century. Indian (Tamil Nadu). Chola period (880–1279). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of R. H. Ellsworth Ltd., in honor of Susan Dillon, 1987 (1987.80.1) #dance #Shiva | As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.
Buddha Offering Protection Period: Chola period (880–1279) Date: 11th–12th century Culture: India (Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam) Medium: Copper alloy Dimensions: H. 24 9/16 in. (62.4 cm) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Gift of Muneichi Nitta, 2004 Accession Number: 2004.63