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    Vishnu and Sridevi

    Recombined copper alloy figures of Vishnu and Sridevi showing how they would have originally looked as a pair. Sridevi is the consort of Vishnu.

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    Presentation Gift Cover (Fukusa)

    Embroidered silk. Fukusa were decorative rectangular or square panels of lined fabric of various sizes that were used to place atop a gift during presentation. This example depicts a golden Dutch warship under sail with the wind on a calm sea. The ship is rendered in heavy gold couched thread and fine satin stitches. "Namban" art, depicting 'southern barbarians' (as the Dutch and the Portuguese were first thought to be by the insular Japanese), was very popular subject matter in Edo period decorative arts.

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    Sridevi

    Copper alloy; 16.5 inches in height. One of two consorts of Vishnu, this figure created, during the Vijayanagar period (1350-1565), would have flanked to the right of the Vishnu companion figure also in this collection. The goddess holds a lotus bud in her left hand and wears a neatly pleated dhoti with meditation cords around her waist. The voluptuously sensuous deity wears a tiered crown and drapes her right arm gracefully from her hip.

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    Dragon Robe (Ji Fu)

    Silk. This elaborately worked robe was the requisite attire for formal court affairs and is decorated in gold couched threads and multi-colored counted stitches on both sides showing nine five-clawed writhing dragons confronting flaming pearls amongst cloud scrolls and various auspicious symbols, with bats and formal pendants on a blue ground. The lower section and the sleeve ends show golden earth and water symbolism of crashing waves against rockwork outcroppings.

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    A Royal Woman Dressing with Five Maid Servants in Attendance by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 5 1/2 x 3 7/16 inches.

  • Thumbnail for Bearded Nobleman Holding Flower or Jewel
    Bearded Nobleman Holding Flower or Jewel by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 7 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

  • Thumbnail for Jali Screen - detail of carving
    Jali Screen - detail of carving

    Mottled red sandstone; 43.25 x 26 inches. This crisply carved richly ornamental panel served as an architectural element in a palace or pavilion wall space. This detail shows the scrolling floral arabesques and arched motif in the upper section of the lattice window panel are typical Mogul decorative flourishes that are common in grand residential structures throughout Mogul India.

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    Jali Screen

    Mottled red sandstone; 43.25 x 26 inches. This crisply carved richly ornamental panel served as an architectural element in a palace or pavilion wall space. The scrolling floral arabesques and arched motif in the upper section of the lattice window panel are typical Mogul decorative flourishes that are common in grand residential structures throughout Mogul India.

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    Vishnu

    Copper alloy; 20.5 inches in height. Vishnu is one of the three major deities in Hinduism and is thought to be the preserver of the universe. Here he is shown with his attributes of the conch shell ('sankha') and the wheel ('cakra') in two of his four hands, his dhoti neatly pleated and with meditation cords around his waist. His crown is typically cylindrical and surmounted with a bud-shaped finial and bordered with triangular foliate medallions. Created during the Vijayanagar period (1350-1565 CE), the god is posed to be carried by the temple priests in a parade-like procession through the streets.

  • Thumbnail for Woman Worshipping Image of Krishna
    Woman Worshipping Image of Krishna by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 8 x 5 3/4 inches.

  • Thumbnail for Kursran and Shirin
    Kursran and Shirin by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 9 1/8 x 6 1/16 inches.

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    Dancing Shiva

    Probably made in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The metal is probably an alloy of copper, tin and zinc.

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    Presentation Gift Cover (Fukusa)

    Embroidered satin; 29 inches x 34 inches. Fukusa were decorative rectangular or square panels of lined fabric of various sizes that were used to place atop a gift during presentation. They were not used to wrap an object, but merely as an elaborate accoutrement used in the presentation ceremony. This example depicts five well dressed couples between rows of crops.

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    Ritual Vessel (Jue)

    8 inches x 6.5 inches. This classical ritual pouring vessel is cast with typical zoomorphic taotie mask design divided by flanges below a border of lappets on the central decorated section. The smoothly patinated surface shows malachite incrustation throughout. This is one of the most recognizable of the archaic bronze forms.

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    Ritual Vessel (Jue) - opposite side

    8 inches x 6.5 inches. Opposite side of classical ritual pouring vessel is cast with typical zoomorphic taotie mask design divided by flanges below a border of lappets on the central decorated section. The smoothly patinated surface shows malachite incrustation throughout. This is one of the most recognizable of the archaic bronze forms.

  • Thumbnail for Woman Playing Sitar with Hills and City in the Background
    Woman Playing Sitar with Hills and City in the Background by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 9 15/16 x 13 3/16 inches.

  • Thumbnail for Bearded Holy Man on Tiger Skin Rug
    Bearded Holy Man on Tiger Skin Rug by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 8 3/16 x 6 inches.

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    The Teacher of Rama by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 9 15/16 x 13 3/16 inches.