CDR-1339: SR Set: 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.



Met-05132
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Title: Diadem with Kinnaris (Half-Bird, Half-Female Creatures)
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-1596
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Title: Standing Four-Armed Goddess Durga
Description: Overall, front
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-1423
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Title: Stela of a Four-Armed Vishnu
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dva-4011
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Title: Shiva as Mahesha or Brahma
Vendor: Davis Art Images
Met-06554
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Title: Standing Brahma
Description: Front.
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-05081
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Title: Shiva as Mahesha or Brahma; Shiva as Sadashiva or Mahesha
Description: Front
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kia-0861
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: Total toward NW with small Shaivite shrine (known as Mahadeva Temple) at left
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0865
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: Wall-section (jangha), S side with numerous relief panels
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0867
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: General view upward in SE corner
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0868
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: SE corner, three rows of figurative sculpture
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0869
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: Detail: SE corner, erotic couple (mithuna) at center
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0877
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: Detail: S side, aspect of Vishnu (Lakshmi--Narayana) in bottom niche of projection (bhadra)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0878
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Title: Devi Jagadambi Temple
Description: Close detail: S side, aspect of Vishnu (Lakshmi--Narayana)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0767
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Title: Vishvanatha Temple
Description: Total, view E
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0765
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Title: Vishvanatha Temple
Description: Quasi-total, view N, with tower (sikhara) of Pratapeshvara Temple at right
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0766
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Title: Vishvanatha Temple
Description: Large detail: view N of S side
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0881
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Total, view WNW
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0882
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: View NW with small Shaivite shrine (known as Mahadeva Temple) & Devi Jagadambi Temple at right
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0887
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Total, view NNE
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0884
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Total, telephoto view W
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0890
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: View NW, diagonal view upward of tower (sikhara)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0894
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Tower (sikhara) above sanctum (garbhagriha)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0900
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Close view, rounded columns of figures
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0901
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: S side, three erotic bands
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0904
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Larger detail: S side including famous erotic panels
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0906
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Detail: S side, three panels of erotic couples (mithuna) with attendants
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0907
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Panel #1: erotic couple (mithuna) with attendants
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-0909
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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Description: Panel #3: erotic couple (mithuna) with attendants
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1000
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: pyramid-shaped tower with monolithic crown (sikhara) at top
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1002
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Close view NW of Rajarajeshvara temple
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1003
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Canopy over colossal, monolithic bull (Nandi) with green-robed pilgrims
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1007
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Rajarajeshvara temple, detail: north edge of pyramidal tower from SW, stone & stucco
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1010
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Rajarajeshvara temple, lower tier of sanctum-tower (vimana) at SW corner with figure of Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1011
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Rajarajeshvara temple, detail: sanctum-tower (vimana) with figures of gods on SW side
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1013
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: First (outer) gateway (gopura), ca. early 11th century, total from NE
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1014
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: First (outer) gateway (gopura), quasi-total of sculptured NE façade, upper half
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1015
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: First (outer) gateway (gopura), detail: lower left of sculpted NE façade
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1020
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Second (inner) gateway (gopura), upper half of sculpted SE (main) façade
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1021
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Second (inner) gateway (gopura), left one-quarter of sculpted SE façade with large figure of gate-keeper (dvarapala)
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Kia-1025
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Title: Rajarajeshvara Temple Complex
Description: Subrahmanya (identified with the war-god Skanda/Maruga) shrine, ca. early 17th century, Nayak period. Quasi-total, dome with iconography of Skanda
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.