Preening Celestial Deity Date: 11th–12th century Culture: India (Orissa, Bhuvaneshwar) Medium: Ferruginous stone Dimensions: H. 26 in. (66 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stoll, 1984 Accession Number: 1984.494.5
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves that speaks volume of the rich culture of India was surprisingly discovered only in the 19th century during an excavation by the British army, that too by accident!
Varunani, carving from the Konark Sun Temple, Orissa, Eastern Ganga dynasty (stone)
The Goddess Tara - A Pala Dynasty standing figure of the goddess Tara. Schist Nalanda, Bihar, India X century H cm. 100
Female Attendant Bearing Fly-Whisk (Chauri), 8th Century India, Kashmir, 8th century ivory
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Celestial Musician, early 12th century India: Orissa, Tangi, 1100-1150 Sandstone 39-3/4 in. (101.0 cm) Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon M.2010.1.11.S
Padmapani and Vajrapani from Ajanta Cave paintings, India 2nd C. BCE - 5th C. The clothing and accessories can be seen today; stacks of women's forearm bangles of the Banjara tribe who live in these hills; their dupattas decorated with fringes of taarkaam or Paithani still popular in Maharastra today; the fish-scale kham textiles of the hunters in the Shyam Jataka.
"Painting of an Elephant [a very cute, smiling elephant!], Ajanta Caves" -- Read about and see photos of the Ajanta Caves in India, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre site, here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/242