Collection Area: South Asian and Himalayan Art

1,312 objects

Rama and Lakshman with the sage Vishvamitra, folio from a Ramayana

The scene takes place outside Ayodhya, in the uncultivated forest zone where ascetics dwell. The boys raise their hands respectfully as they listen to the divine sage Vishvamitra, who has brought them to the forest zone in order to kill the demons who disturb holy men. Vishvamitra wears an animal skin over one shoulder and …


The sage-physician Dhanvantari, folio from a Bhagavata Purana

Dressed in the fashion of a nobleman at the court of Shah Jahan, the divine sage Dhanvantari wears a white jama and a gold-bordered patka (sash) adorned with a large flower motif. His beard is white, his face wrinkled with age, and he wears a Vaishnava tilak mark on his forehead. He sits on a …





Tangka case

Sadashiva worshipped by Parvati

Wearing a snow-leopard skin draped over his shoulders, Sadashiva sits with the goddess on a mauve-petalled lotus floating against an orange-colored ground. Dominating the composition, his large, ash-white body captures the focus of the viewer’s attention as well as that of the goddess, whose gaze is fervid and alert. The five-headed deity has eight arms …