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A "Venerable Nakra" dedicated to Lord Nagaraja. inscribed: 'In the  regnal year 80, of the Great King, the King over Kings, son of Gods, the Shahi (King) Vasudeva, with date 207.  Kushan Dynasty (Central India)

A "Venerable Nakra" dedicated to Lord Nagaraja. inscribed: 'In the regnal year of the Great King, the King over Kings, son of Gods, the Shahi (King) Vasudeva, with date Kushan Dynasty (Central India)

Jatayu Attempts to Rescue Sita from Ravana Indian terra cotta, circa 400-500 C.E. (San Francisco Asian Art Museum)

Indian Epics: Images and PDE Epics: Image: Jatayu Attempts to Rescue Sita from Ravana

Ivory plaque showing Rama and Laksmana. Hinduism. India 16th-17th C. British Museum

Ivory plaque, Rama and Laksmana. (hindu epic Ramayana) India C.

Panel depicting a rampant leogriff and two human figures, from the base of a temple, white marble sculpted in high relief: India, Rajputana, 11th century © National Museums Scotland

Panel depicting a rampant leogriff and two human figures, from the base of a temple, white marble sculpted in high relief: India, Rajputana, century © National Museums Scotland

A Mughal Prince asks the (16th C.) poet Tulsidas why Hindus worship stones. Sisodia dynasty, Reign of Amar Singh II, ca. 1700-1710 Mewar India

A Mughal Prince asks the C.) poet Tulsidas why Hindus worship stones. Sisodia dynasty, Reign of Amar Singh II, ca.

Vishnu on Garuda. Nepal (Kathmandu Valley), 15th century. Ivory, h. cm. 14.9. New York, The Metropolitan Museum.

This plaque shows Vishnu carried by Garuda, whose talons clasp nagas (snakes) in a deadly grip. Vishnu's two consorts, Saraswati and Lakshmi, accompany him, effortlessly supported by Garuda's mighty outspread wings

16th century circa, Nepal, Cintamani Lokeshvara, wood and paint, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

century circa, Nepal, Cintamani Lokeshvara, wood and paint, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

Copper alloy  India (Tamil Nadu)  Chola period, 13th century   Cults of saints who were great devotees of the Hindu gods are common in South India.  Ammaiyar, a female saint, came from the village of Karaikkal and worshiped Shiva fervently.  Once beautiful, she begged him to take away her looks so that she could avoid the distraction of men's attentions.  She was renowned for her severe austerities as well as for her habit of singing to conjure up visions of a dancing Shiva.  She holds a ...

Hindu Saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar, singing Shiva's praises with cymbals. Chola Period, India C.

Celestial Performer. In Jain cosmology, Shakra's heaven is a blissful place where the jinas reside for eternity. It is populated by celestial dancers, seen here as beautiful maidens sensuously poised in the text margins. On the lower folio a male dancer accompanies the female dancers. These scenes are echoed in the textual descriptions of the Kalpasutra celebrating the jina Mahavira. ... Detail from a Kalpasutra manuscript folio, Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, Gujarat, ca. 1490, Jain

Celestial Performer. In Jain cosmology, Shakra's heaven is a blissful place where the jinas reside for eternity. It is populated by celestial dancers, seen here as beautiful maidens sensuously poised in the text margins. On the lower folio a male dancer accompanies the female dancers. These scenes are echoed in the textual descriptions of the Kalpasutra celebrating the jina Mahavira. ... Detail from a Kalpasutra manuscript folio, Ink and opaque watercolor on paper, Gujarat, ca. 1490, Jain

Moustachioed man with helmet. 4th-6th C.N, India, Akhnur. terracotta

Terracotta head of a moustachioed man, AD, from Akhnur, north-west India.

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