CDR-1339: Major Religions: Hinduism

Hinduism is the world's oldest religion, with its origins preceding recorded history. Indeed, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas, were composed ca.1800 years BCE. One of the basic Hindu concepts is a reverence for all life, as well as the belief that each individual creates his own destiny by the way in which he lives his life. Our images are largely from the period between the ninth and nineteenth centuries with the first half of the our set featuring a variety of distinctive temples, some of which are lushly textured in sculpted decor and mythical figures. Indian miniature painting composes the majority of the second part of the set. The practice of making illustrated manuscripts developed late in the religion's history, and the varied painting styles that ensued illustrated literary or even musical themes (ragas) as well as mythologies and escapades of the gods. (October 2014)



Met-07546
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Title: Stamp seal: unicorn and incense burner (?)
Description: Modern impression
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-07545
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Title: Stamp seal: unicorn and incense burner (?)
Description: Stamp seal
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
XIR-162416
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Title: Two decorated seals depicting a zebu and a bull, from Mohenjodaro, Pakistan
Vendor: Bridgeman Education
Bal-59641
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Title: Lion capital from the Pillar of Emperor Ashoka
Creator(s): Indian School
Description: black and white photo
Vendor: Bridgeman Education
XIR-175573
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Title: Lion capital from a Pillar of Emperor Ashoka (ca. 264-223 BCE), Mauryan
Vendor: Bridgeman Education
Bal-57239
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Title: Ashoka Pillar
Creator(s): Indian School
Description: Detail
Vendor: Bridgeman Education
Met-2893
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Title: One from a Pair of Royal Earrings
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-06331
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Title: Yaksha (Male Nature Spirit)
Description: Front.
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-3364
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Title: Fragment of an Ivory Comb
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-1765
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Title: Plaque with a Royal Family
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-05141
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Title: Plaque with the Goddess Durga and Attendants
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dva-4016
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Title: Standing Female
Vendor: Davis Art Images
Bal-65234
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Title: Head of Brahma
Creator(s): Afghan School
Vendor: Bridgeman Education
Kia-0708
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cliffside, exterior of caves
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0699
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 5, relief of Vishnu as Cosmic Boar (Varaha) rescuing Earth Goddess (Prithvi) from churning ocean
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0700
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 5, principal detail: Vishnu as Cosmic Boar (Varaha) rescuing Earth Goddess (Prithvi) & trampling the Serpent-king, representing the primal waters
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0701
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 5, half-length detail: Vishnu as Cosmic Boar (Varaha)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0702
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 5, detail: assembly of gods & sages as witnesses
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0703
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 6, façade, dated inscription A.D. 410, right of entrance, relief of gatekeeper (dvarapala)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0704
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 6, façade, relief of Vishnu adorned with high crown & garland with hands on personified figures of his attributes, the mace (gada) & discus (chakra)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0705
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Cave 6, façade, relief of Durga slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahisasuramardini)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0706
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Title: Udayagiri Caves
Description: Roundel of Shiva & Parvati
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0686
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Title: Great Cave, Elephanta Island
Description: Pillared hall (mandapa), S wall, relief panel of Shivamahadeva (triple-faced Shiva as fierce (Aghora), serene (Tatpurusha) and blissful (Vamadeva), from left to right
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0687
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Title: Great Cave, Elephanta Island
Description: North (central) portico, carved column
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0696
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Title: Great Cave, Elephanta Island
Description: Eastern courtyard, detail: colonnade with massive wall of rock above
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0697
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Title: Great Cave, Elephanta Island
Description: Eastern courtyard, detail: columns leading toward subsidiary sanctum
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0698
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Title: Great Cave, Elephanta Island
Description: Eastern courtyard, subsidiary sanctum entrance on axis with lingam (interior) & lion as gatekeeper
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Met-1800
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Title: Krishna Battling the Horse Demon Keshi
Description: Overall, front
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-3211
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Title: Mother Goddess (Matrika)
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kia-0711
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: Total, view NE showing extent of platform (jagati)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0710
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: Temple on its platform (jagati), S side
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0713
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: S side, central niche, relief panel showing Vishnu reclining on serpent Ananta (Vishnu Anantashayana) with consort Lakshmi massaging his right foot
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0712
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: S side, central niche, relief panel showing Vishnu reclining on Ananta (also called Shesha), the serpent of infinity (Vishnu Anantashayana)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0715
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: Detail: W side, lintel above entrance to sanctum showing Vishnu enthroned on Ananta, the coiled serpent of infinity
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0717
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: Detail: N side, central niche, relief panel showing Vishnu, on his bird-human mount Garuda, rescuing Indra's Elephant (Gajendramoksha) from the aquatic serpent couple
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0719
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Title: Dashavatara Vishnu Temple
Description: Detail: E side, central niche, relief panel & decorative lintel showing Vishnu as the sages Nara and Narayana
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kcc-0019
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Title: Harihara
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
XIR-216432
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Title: Ganesh, from Tuol Pheak Kin, Kandal Province
Vendor: Bridgeman Education
Dva-10001
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Title: Rock-cut temples: Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, and Draupadi Ratha
Vendor: Davis Art Images
Kia-0924a
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Title: Five Pandava Temples (Panch Rathas)
Description: Draupadi, Arjuna, Bhima & Dharmaraja Rathas, closer view
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.