Tamil Nadu, India Ardhanarishvara, Chola dynasty circa 850 – 1150, circa 1100
Our Indian collection is full of contrasts, from the painted manuscripts of Mughal rulers – prestigious emblems of power – to the quickly executed paintings of Hindu gods produced by local artists in Calcutta.
The Indian collection comprises works of art from over 2000 years ago through to the present. Among the paintings are gems of the pre-Mughal, Mughal, Rajasthani and folk traditions, including painted manuscripts, portraiture, works drawing on heroic myths, the romantic love of the Baramasa and the musical modes called ragas. Most of the sculptures in the collection depict the deities of the great Indian religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, while textiles include Indian export cloths decorated with scenes from the epic Ramayana, as well as storytelling cloths.