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Standing Brahma. Chola period 10-11th C. South India. Granite H. 34 1/2 in.

Standing Brahma Period:Chola period century Culture:India (South India) Medium:Granite Dimensions:H.

A Carved Wood Relief Panel depicting Subrahmanya, Tamil Nadu, South India, 19th century

A Carved Wood Relief Panel depicting Ayyanar with spouses, Tamil Nadu, South India, century

Shiva as Mahesha. Chola period (880–1279),10th century.India (Tamil Nadu). This statue is part of a group of unusual large stone carvings in the round from the Chola period. They all portray the same deity, long identified as Brahma but now thought to be Mahesha, a form of Shiva. From him are born the other two great Hindu gods, Brahma and Vishnu. Mahesha is shown with four faces: the one on the right represents Brahma; in the center, Shiva; on the left, Vishnu; and on the back, Rudra .

Shiva as Mahesha Period: Chola period Date: century Culture: India (Tamil Nadu) Medium: Granite Accession Number:

Explore Stefaan (van Eric)'s photos on Flickr. Stefaan (van Eric) has uploaded 10937 photos to Flickr.

Explore Stefaan (van Eric)'s photos on Flickr. Stefaan (van Eric) has uploaded 10937 photos to Flickr.

Ascetic Sakyamuni - Wood with pigmented lacquer, inlaid crystal, metal -   16th century.  Momoyama Period.

Ascetic Sakyamuni, ca. Wood with pigmented lacquer, inlaid crystal, metal.

The Hindu deity Durga victorious over the buffalo demon - 11th century - Indian Art - Asian Art Museum of San Francisco by Marshall Astor - Food Fetishist, via Flickr

The Hindu deity Durga victorious over the buffalo demon - century - Indian Art - Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Kamadeva, the God of Love. India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir). Second half of the 8th century. Though rarely represented in Kashmiri art, Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers. This subject is a rare survivor from early medieval Kashmir.

Though rarely represented in Kashmiri art, Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers

Shiva as Sadashiva or Mahesha, Chola period (ca. 860–1279), 10th century. Tamil Nadu, India. Granite.

Four headed Hindu deity. Perhaps Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Shiva, traditionally god of destruction, is In some Hindu scripture also associated with the energy of life, and like Brahma represent creation.

Statue of Surya, the Sun God  From Orissa, 13th Century. National Museum, New Delhi, India

Statue of Surya, the Sun God From Orissa, Century. National Museum, New Delhi, India

Chandesvara a Saiva Saint South India Tamil Nadu Late Chola Period 13th century CE Copper Alloy with watercolor and sandstone filters

Chandesvara a Saiva Saint South India Tamil Nadu Late Chola Period century CE Copper Alloy with watercolor and sandstone filters

Vishnu as Para Vasudeva–Narayana, last quarter of 8th century India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) Stone

Vishnu as Para Vasudeva–Narayana, last quarter of century India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) Stone

In this manifestation, Vishnu appears as the supreme Lord with ten arms and three faces. He is attended by his lion and boar avatars, Narasimha and Varaha, along with multiple other forms. Vishvarupa Vishnu  Date:6th century Culture:India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) Medium:Stone

In this manifestation, Vishnu appears as the supreme Lord with ten arms and three faces. He is attended by his lion and boar avatars, Narasimha and Varaha, along with multiple other forms.

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