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Ancient India Gallery 2018

  • Maitreya-Buddha of The Future

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    Maitreya, Buddha of the Future

    about A.D. 560

    Dimensions

    56.5 x 30 cm (22 1/4 x 11 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Marble

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    50.1074

    Collections
    Asia
    On View
    Small Chinese Sculpture Gallery - 270 More Info

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  • Seated Bodhisattva

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    Seated bodhisattva

    about A.D. 530

    Dimensions

    196.5 x 90 x 46 cm (77 3/8 x 35 7/16 x 18 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Carved limestone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    13.2804

    Collections
    Asia
    On View
    Small Chinese Sculpture Gallery - 270 More Info

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  • Bodhisattva on a Lotus Throne

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    Bodhisattva on a lotus throne

    mid 8th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 77.5 x 32 x 32 cm, 75.8 kg (30 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 in., 167 lb.) Mount (aluminium plate with tab at back of object): 0.5 x 30 x 31.5 cm (3/16 x 11 13/16 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    White marble, originally polychromed and gilt, carved and engraved

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    12.63

    Collections
    Asia
    On View
    Chinese Sculpture Gallery - 271 More Info

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  • Slab from The Wall of a Stupa

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    Slab from the wall of a stupa

    about 3rd century A.D. (obverse) / about late 1st to early 2nd century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 157.6 x 94 cm (62 1/16 x 37 in.)

    Medium

    Limestone

    Classification

    Architectural elements, Relief

    Accession Number

    29.151

    Collections
    Asia
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  • The God Vishnu in Three...

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    The God Vishnu in Three Incarnations (Vaikuntha Vishnu)

    about mid-5th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 65.8 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm (25 7/8 x 21 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Sandstone with traces of plaster

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    17.1015

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Seated Buddha

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    Seated Buddha

    about 9th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 60 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm (23 5/8 x 12 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Gilt bronze with silver inlay

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1970.3

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Standing Buddha

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    Standing Buddha

    about 7th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 50.3 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm (19 13/16 x 5 x 4 in.)

    Medium

    Copper

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    21.1504

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Durga (Slayer)

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    Durga as Mahishasuramardini (the Slayer of the Buffalo Demon)

    970–1070

    Dimensions

    Overall: 150 x 61 x 45.7 cm (59 1/16 x 24 x 18 in.) Mount (Steel round rod armature support / two welded plates): 121.9 x 2.5 cm (48 x 1 in.) Case (Wooden pedestal opening in back access for armature): 99.1 x 83.8 x 53.3 cm (39 x 33 x 21 in.) Weight: 367.41 kg (810 lb.)

    Medium

    Green schist

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    27.171

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Avalokiteshvara

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    Avalokiteshvara

    11th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 77.3 x 39 x 25.4 cm, 98.9 kg (30 7/16 x 15 3/8 x 10 in., 218.03 lb.)

    Medium

    Gray schist

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    63.418

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Section of an Overdoor Probably...

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    Section of an overdoor probably from the Sun Temple at Konarak: personified planet

    mid-13th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 101 x 48 x 26cm (39 3/4 x 18 7/8 x 10 1/4in.) Block (Object rest on wooden base ontop pedestal): 19.1 x 47 x 14.6 cm (7 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.) Case (Reinforced wooden pedestal with base): 106.7 x 53 x 34.9 cm (42 x 20 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.) Weight: 254.01 kg (560 lb.)

    Medium

    Chloritic stone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1994.190

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Shiva, Paravati & Son

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    Shiva, Parvati, and their son Skanda (Somaskandamurti)

    about 11th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    45.8 x 54.6 x 16.5 cm (18 1/16 x 21 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    40.470

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Siva as Lord of Music

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    Siva as Lord of Music (Siva Vinadhara)

    900 – 970 A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 122 x 80 x 35.6 cm (48 1/16 x 31 1/2 x 14 in.) Mount (Reinforced wooden pedestal (dry mounted)): 99.1 x 83.8 x 53.3 cm (39 x 33 x 21 in.)

    Medium

    Green schist

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    33.18

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    Asia
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  • Ganesha w/his Consorts

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    Ganesha with His Consorts

    early 11th century

    Dimensions

    Overall (object): 105.1 x 68.6 x 33 cm (41 3/8 x 27 x 13 in.) Overall (including base and wooden skid): 352 kg (776 lb.) Overall (base): 13.2 x 76 x 40.5 cm (5 3/16 x 29 15/16 x 15 15/16 in.) Case (Reinforced wooden pedestal/ three sided outer skirt): 137.2 x 91.4 x 55.9 cm (54 x 36 x 22 in.)

    Medium

    Sandstone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1989.312

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Bodhisattva Maitreya

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    Bodhisattva Maitreya

    3rd century C.E.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 109.5 x 38.1 x 22.9 cm, 89.4 kg (43 1/8 x 15 x 9 in., 197.09 lb.) Mount (Vertical steel tube support with a welded steel plate): 98.4 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm (38 3/4 x 4 x 3 in.) Case (Reinforced wooden pedestal / side access opening 12" x 10"): 76.2 x 45.7 x 38.1 cm (30 x 18 x 15 in.)

    Medium

    Gray schist

    Classification

    Seals

    Accession Number

    37.99

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Head of a Buddha #2

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    Head of a Buddha

    mid-5th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 32.3 x 23 x 22.9 cm (12 11/16 x 9 1/16 x 9 in.)

    Medium

    Sandstone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    21.2230

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Buddha Head #1

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    Buddha head

    about A.D. 700

    Dimensions

    24.5 x 14 cm (9 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Sandstone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1976.772

    Collections
    Asia
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    Small Chinese Sculpture Gallery - 270 More Info

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  • Shiva

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    Shiva

    late 10th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 161.9 x 74 x 53.2cm (63 3/4 x 29 1/8 x 20 15/16in.) Mount (Rolling steel pedestal / 5/8" wooden skirts): 41.9 x 96.5 x 81.3 cm (16 1/2 x 38 x 32 in.)

    Medium

    Granulite, green schist

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    42.120

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    Asia
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  • Vishnu

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    Vishnu

    about early 11th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 119.3 x 46.6 x 33 cm (46 15/16 x 18 3/8 x 13 in.) Mount (Hot rolled round steel bar bolted/ pinned into the pedestal): 153.7 x 2.5 cm (60 1/2 x 1 in.) Mount (Steel head rest welded to rod with poly padding): 0.6 x 3.8 x 14 cm (1/4 x 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.) Case (Reinforced wooden pedestal): 91.4 x 53.3 x 45.7 cm (36 x 21 x 18 in.)

    Medium

    Sandstone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    25.438

    Collections
    Asia
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  • Mahavira

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    Mahavira

    11th century C.E.

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 30 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (78.1 x 52.7 x 21 cm) Weight: 117.03 kg (258 lb.)

    Medium

    Stone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    29.1001

    Collections
    Asia
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