The Maharishi(Great Sage) Agastya|India,Bihar,Lakhi Sarai, 12th century.Agastya  was a great sage and religious ascetic.  He and his descendants are credited with being responsible for the introduction of Hinduism and the worship of the important god Shiva. Agastya is also believed to have taught south Indians medicine and grammar, invented the eloquent Tamil language of south India, and even written a treatise on making religious images for temples.

The Maharishi(Great Sage) Agastya|India,Bihar,Lakhi Sarai, 12th century.Agastya was a great sage and religious ascetic. He and his descendants are credited with being responsible for the introduction of Hinduism and the worship of the important god Shiva. Agastya is also believed to have taught south Indians medicine and grammar, invented the eloquent Tamil language of south India, and even written a treatise on making religious images for temples.

Head of Buddha Shakyamuni . India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, 150-200.

Head of Buddha Shakyamuni . India, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, 150-200.

Dwarf Form of Vishnu. Walters Art Museum website / viewer.

Dwarf Form of Vishnu. Walters Art Museum website / viewer.

Man-Lion Avatar of Vishnu (Narasiṃha), Bihar 975-1025, Norton Simon Museum

Man-Lion Avatar of Vishnu (Narasiṃha), Bihar 975-1025, Norton Simon Museum

Ming Dynasty Stone Sculpture of Guan Yu.Circa:1368 AD to 1644 AD. Guan Yu was a historical figure who lived during the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms Era (late second-early third century AD). Serving as a general under the warlord Liu Bei, he became famous for his military skills and personal integrity. Over the centuries fact and fiction merged and he became a legendary figure in Chinese folklore.

Ming Dynasty Stone Sculpture of Guan Yu.Circa:1368 AD to 1644 AD. Guan Yu was a historical figure who lived during the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms Era (late second-early third century AD). Serving as a general under the warlord Liu Bei, he became famous for his military skills and personal integrity. Over the centuries fact and fiction merged and he became a legendary figure in Chinese folklore.

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Vishnu and Ananta.Place of origin:Calcutta, India (made). Date:ca. 1850-1870 (made). Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, the god Vishnu is shown recling on the coils of the serpent Ananta (or Shesha) during an intervals between periods of creation. The god Brahma springs from his navel.

Vishnu and Ananta (Painting)

Vishnu and Ananta.Place of origin:Calcutta, India (made). Date:ca. 1850-1870 (made). Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, the god Vishnu is shown recling on the coils of the serpent Ananta (or Shesha) during an intervals between periods of creation. The god Brahma springs from his navel.

A Heavenly General (One of the Junishinsho),1200s.Japan, Kamakura period (1185-1333). This dynamic figure was originally part of a set of Twelve Divine Generals (Junishinsho) that stood in a Japanese Buddhist temple hall, protecting the central icon of the Yakushi Nyorai, the Healing Buddha. This sculpture was constructed from many pieces of thinly carved wood joined together with pins, then covered with hemp cloth and lacquer paste, and finally decorated with pigments.

A Heavenly General (One of the Junishinsho),1200s.Japan, Kamakura period (1185-1333). This dynamic figure was originally part of a set of Twelve Divine Generals (Junishinsho) that stood in a Japanese Buddhist temple hall, protecting the central icon of the Yakushi Nyorai, the Healing Buddha. This sculpture was constructed from many pieces of thinly carved wood joined together with pins, then covered with hemp cloth and lacquer paste, and finally decorated with pigments.

Head of a grimacing yaksha, or nature spirit , Mathura,2nd - 3rd century AD (AD 101 - 300)	 Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600),mottled pink sandstone. Yaksha- in the mythology of India, a class of generally benevolent nature spirits who are the custodians of treasures that are hidden in the earth and in the roots of trees.

Head of a grimacing yaksha, or nature spirit , Mathura,2nd - 3rd century AD (AD 101 - 300) Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600),mottled pink sandstone. Yaksha- in the mythology of India, a class of generally benevolent nature spirits who are the custodians of treasures that are hidden in the earth and in the roots of trees.

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