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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.

Two temple guardians, anoniem, c. 1300 - c. 1400. Japan.Temple guardians are placed at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. Each of these figures holds a vajra for crushing ignorance. Their open and closed mouths represent a and un, the first and final syllables of Siddham (a script used to write Sanskrit): these syllables symbolize all spoken sounds and scripts, thus all knowledge. Worshippers who enter the temple precinct through the guardians’ gate symbolically acquire this…

Ravana Shaking Mount Kailasa, 700s. Central India, Madhya Pradesh, Chandela Dynasty, 8th century,sandstone. In one episode of Shiva's mythology, he presses down his big toe to quell the ten-armed demon Ravana, who tried to steal Mount Kailasa and take it away to his island. As Ravana was trying to shake the mountain loose, Parvati turned and clung to Shiva in fear-the moment depicted in this magnificent sculpture, which once formed part of a temple exterior.

Initiation Card (Tsakalis): Akshobya.Tibet,early 15th century.Initiation cards or tsakali are miniature paintings used in Tibetan Buddhist rituals to consecrate a temple or to give an initiation.

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Sunday brunch (60 photos)

The colours of #India are endless!

The Jina is the ideal of the yogic ascetic, the wandering meditative mendicant. The keystone to Jain religious practice and an ideal shared by Hindus and Buddhists in the Indian subcontinent. w. Rajasthan, 12th C. Jain religion.

Painting of the 24 Buddhas of the Past. In Thailand, there are 24 named Buddhas who became enlightened before Gotama, the historical Buddha. In this painting, each one sits flanked by his two main disciples. Donors commissioned such paintings to hang in temples to beautify the space and honour the Buddha, in addition to promoting the religion and creating merit. 1800s, Thailand. Pigment on cloth and paper. 1959,1010,0.10. Funded by the Brooke Sewell Permanent Fund.

"St. Francis of Assisi in His Tomb" Francisco de Zurbaran

Abandoned & beautiful fairy tale house in Gagra, Abkhasia, Georgia. This type of architecture is fairly common in Russia & the surrounding area.

Standing Ruler | Kimbell Art Museum.Guatemala, Maya culture.Late Classic period (A.D. 600–900).c. A.D. 600–800.The surviving works of Maya civilization range from the smallest objects to great edifices. Among the small-scale artworks of the Maya are many exquisite ceramic figurines only a few inches high. Despite their diminutive scale, these are also among the most fully realized of Maya sculptures in the round. This figurine vividly evokes a Maya lord costumed to impersonate a dynastic…