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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.

India, Bihar, Lakhi Sarai, South Asia The Maharishi (Great Sage) Agastya, 12th century Sculpture; Stone, Chloritoid phylliteWLA lacma 12th century Maharishi Agastya - Agastya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

12th C. Pilgrim souvenir of the Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar, India. The Buddhist temple has been renovated many times, this gives a clear view of its form in the 12th C. Such items have been found across India, Myanmar, Nepal and Tibet. The Met.

Somaskandamurti is one of the most popular religious images in South India. The four-armed Shiva holds a battle-ax and a deer in his upper hands and a citron in his lower left hand. His lower right hand is raised in abhayamudra (the gesture that allays fear)

Pichwai Depicting the Celebration of the Festival of Cows, late 18th-e. 19th C. India (Deccan).) | Pichwais (large paintings on cloth) were hung behind the main image of the boy Krsna. Gopashtami, held in the late autumn, celebrates Krishna's elevation from caretaker of calves to cowherd.

Twelve-Armed Chakrasamvara and His Consort Vajravarahi, ca. 12th century. India, west Bengal or Bangladesh. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Perry J. Lewis, 1988 (1988.392) | Portable images of Chakrasamvara and his consort Vajravarahi served as powerful protectors for the devout. Not surprisingly, such images found their way to Tibet with travelers crossing the high Himalayas. #Buddhism

Kamadeva, the God of Love. India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir). Second half of the 8th century. Though rarely represented in Kashmiri art, Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers. This subject is a rare survivor from early medieval Kashmir.

10th C. 4 headed Hindu deity. Perhaps Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Yet, the 3rd eye and the earrings on the central face are standard attributes of Shiva. Some propose this Sadashiva who was worshiped in the Chola period in South India. Shiva, traditionally god of destruction, is In some Hindu scripture also associated with the energy of life, and like Brahma represent creation. Tamil Nadu, India. Granite; H. 58 in.