Gods of The MET
THE MET SOUTH ASIAN HINDU, BUDDHIST AND JAIN SCULPTURE
The Gods watch silently as you pass, crumbling, trapped behind glass
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Seated Mother Goddess
Indus Civilization, Mehrgarh style
ca. 3000–2500 BCE
Torso of a Bodhisattva
Probably Sahri-Bahlol Workshop
ca. 5th century
Pakistan (Swat Valley)
Bronze inlaid with silver and copper
Goddess Durga Slaying the Demon Mahisha
Second half of the 9th century
Eastern India, Bihar, probably Gaya district
India (Tamil Nadu)
Buddha Seated in Meditation
Divided Kingdoms period
Sri Lanka (western regions)
Copper alloy with gilding
Chamunda, the Horrific Destroyer of Evil
Some of them can fit in your palm. Others are as big as you are.
Some of them are very old and for some of them it’s starting to show.
Others still look as good as new.
They come from many parts of South Asia and one even from China.
They are contained in vessels of stone and metal, bone and mineral.
Depictions of Shiva
5th to the 13th Centuries