Monday, October 8, 2012

Still in love with the Airort Art at SFO

Deities in Stone: Hindu Sculpture from the Collections of the Asian Art Museum

Truth is one; the sages call it by many names.
—from the ancient Hindu scriptures (Rigveda, I.164.46)  c. 1700–1100 BCE

[detail] The Hindu deity Ganesha  c. 1200–1300; India; Karnataka state; schist; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Avery Brundage Collection; B62S14+; L2012.0801.023

Images of deitiesare used in private shrines by individuals or families, at grand festivals attended by millions of adherents, and in India’s hundreds of thousands of Hindu temples. Hindu temple sculptures are not mere adornment, they are fundamentally important to the temple’s form and meaning.
Kalyana Mandapa (Marriage Hall) in Jalakanteshvara Temple, View of outer enclosure  c. 1875–1925; India; Vellore, Tamil Nadu state; collodion silver print, printing-out process; From the Collection of William K. Ehrenfeld, M.D.; © Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Used by permission.;2005.64.543; R2012.0801.074

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