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    Iskandar (Alexander the Great) meeting the Brahmans. A miniature painting from an eighteenth century manuscript of the latter half of the epic poem of Shahnama. India, 1719. Shelfmark: Add.18804 Page Folio Number: f.117v


    Krishna and Radha dancing in the rain with three girl musicians. India; Rajasthani miniature painting, 17th century.


    Sandstone stele of Lakulisha, Central India. Lakulisha is an aspect of the Hindu God Shiva standing on the dwarf of ignorance, flanked by tow diminutive figures, hands clasped respectfully before the god. Lakulisha's common features are the all-seeing third eye, the erect phallus and Apasmara, a symbol of illusion, ignorance and ego. OA 1968.12-16.2


    Rama's army in battle with monkeys, 1713. The army of the Hindu deity Rama (in the centre) which includes an elephant, does battle with ferocious monkeys. From the "Bala Kanda", the first book of the "Ramayana" by Valmiki. ID:Add 15297 Vol. 1


    Iskandar watching the wall being built against Juj and Majuj, (Gog and Magog), 1719. Iskander (Alexander the Great) is the red crowned figure riding a horse on the left. From the "Shah-nameh", or Book of Kings, by the Persian poet Ferdowsi. ID: Add 18804,fol. 126 recto.


    Prince and princess courting, chaperoned by male and female attendants. The prince with blue skin may represent the god Krishna. ID: MSS Hin C 10, fol.316 verso


    Inscribed stele with the yakshi Ambika, Paramara dynasty, 1034. Ambika is worshipped by both Hindus and Jains. This statue is an extraordinary document because it gives the date, 1034-35, and the name of scribe and donor, a woman named Sosa. According to the record, Sosa also established an image of Sarasvati, goddess of learning. OA 1880-19


    Relief sandstone panel depicting the Saptamatrika, 10th century. With the exception of one, each goddess derives her name and attributes from the male god who she personifies. Brahmani (the second figure from the left) has four heads like Brahma, and is often shown seated on a lotus or on a gander; Maheshvari, the feminine personification of Shiva or Mahesa, sits next to her on a bull; Kaumari, derived from Kumara, rides a peacock; Vaishnavi is the female personification of Vishnu, as is Varahi, in his incarnation as the boar; Indrani derives from Indra. Chamunda, the last in the series, is shown emaciated, and crowned by serpent heads. They are usually accompanied by Shiva and Ganesha at either end of the relief. Every alternate goddess carries a child in her lap. The ancient cult of goddess worship is linked with primeval ideas of fertility, generation and the earth. Collectively, they are known as Devi, the great goddess, who is simultaneously powerful, fierce, seductive and gentle. OA, 1880-230


    Goddess Kali astride her consort Shiva with attendants and corpses. India; Chamba, Punjabi School, 18th century.


    Bronze figure of Nataraja, from Tamil Nadu, southern India, around 1100. Front view of the Hindu god Shiva appearing as the lord of the dance, Nataraja, in a ring of fire. His long ascetic's hair flies out on either side of his head as he performs his dance. Shiva as Nataraja appears at the end of one cosmic cycle and the beginning of the next and is thus associated with creation and destruction.OA 1987.3-14.1


    Varaha with Bhu, Pahari region, North India, around 1740. The four armed Varaha is shown holding Vishnu's characteristic attributes, the discus, conch shell, a lotus and a club with which he strikes the sea-demon. Blood pours from the demon's chest and he staggers back, dropping his broken sword. Varaha lifts the earth balanced on is tusks, saving the earth goddes Bhu from the swirling black ocean. OA 1966.7-25.01


    The Gods, led by Brahma, approach Vishnu to manifest on earth as Dasaratha's four sons in order to vanquish the evil demon Ravana. From Ramayana, Bala Kanda. India, Udaipur, 1712. Shelfmark: Add. 15295 Page Folio Number: f.38


    Sandstone stele depicting Matsya, Indian, 9th CE. The Hindu god Vishnu is a preserver and maintainer of order in the universe. In times of spiritual and political decline, Vishnu descends on earth in an incarnation. In the great flood Vishnu took the form of a fish (Matsya) to save primeval man and the sacred Vedas. In this relief he carries a shrine wich he has saved from the waters. OA 1872.7-1.50


    Small gold canoe with two oars from the tomb 44/1 on the Duerrnberg, Hallein, Austria. Length: 6.6 cm

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    Man with food and drink before him. In what appears to be a ceremonial event, the man sits on a tiger skin surrounded by food, drink, pots of flowers, a fire and various pieces of weaponry. The half-moon around his head suggests he may be a saint. In the background women make music. ID: J 19 2


    Bhairavi Ragini, Indian, around 1610. A woman worships a Shiva linga in a shrine by a lake. The lake is often described in texts as being near Mount Kailash, Shiva's holy mountain. While one woman garlands the black linga with flowers, the othr chants and beats the rythm with a pair of cymbals. The pool im which the shrine is set is filled with lotuses on wich butterflies and wild birds rest. OA 1973.9-17.03


    Devi, Hindu goddess, wife of Shiva. Popel (Svay Rieng) pre-Angkor period, 1st half 8th Sandstone, H: 106 cm MG 18095


    Lintel with Krishna who subdues the serpent Kaliya. Prasat Kok, Angkor period, style of Preah Ko. Last quarter 9th MG 18217


    Battle between Babhruvahana, son of Arjuna the archer in Hinduism, fights against the snakes of the nether regions. Peacocks and other birds attack the snakes, some of which are hooded cobras. The men stand in chariots or ride horses with decorated cparisons, some use bows and arrows. From the Persian version of the "Mahabharata", parvans XIV - XVIII. Authorship is traditionally ascribed to the sage Vyasa. ID: Or 12076

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    Monkeys in Sugriva's grove at Madhuvana, 1653. On hearing Hanuman's account of his adventures, the monkeys get excited and ask permission of the guardian Dadhumukha to enter the private grove of their king Sugriva. From the Sanskrit epic "Ramayana" by Valmiki. ID: IO 3621


    Krishna and Balarama in guise of cowhers, with cattle at right and six men dressed in white with turbans and sashes, at left. Sandy Dunes and flowewring trees represent the idyllic landscape of Brindaban. In Hindu mythology, Balarama is the elder half-brother of Krishna, with whom he shared many adventures. ID: Or 4203


    Brahman stele, origin unknown. pre-Angkor period, style of Prei kmeng. Second half 7th Sandstone, H: 77 cm MG 24618


    Temple guardian with the beak of a bird of prey. Temples of Banteay Srei, around 967 Sandstone, H: 87 cm ka 801


    Lintel with god Krishna subduing the serpent Kaliya. Prasat Pen Chang (Kompong Thom), Angkor period, mid-11th Sandstone, 71 x 138 ka 1826


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