Published: March 25, 2003
CLEVELAND, OHIO – “: Chola Bronzes from South India,” on view at the Dallas Museum of Art from April 14 to June 15, will next open at The Cleveland Museum of Art, July 6 to September 14.
This exhibition and accompanying catalog feature South Indian bronzes, most notably bronzes produced under the reign of the Chola Dynasty between the Ninth and Thirteenth Centuries, which are famed for their subtlety of modeling and fluent outline of form. Balancing graceful realism and heroic classicism, Chola bronzes are among the best-known and most admired objects of art from the subcontinent.
Approximately 60 South Indian sculptures in this exhibition present the first major survey of the art of Chola temple bronzes and are drawn from important collections in the United States and Europe. Organized in three thematic sections the exhibition focuses on the iconography of the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu, along with examples of Buddhist pieces are included to expand the iconographic scheme and place the Chola work in a large context of South Indian bronze sculpture. Photomurals of temples and a bronze statue fully draped, ornamented and ready for processional rituals, recreate the context in which these religious icons are seen and worshiped in South Indian temples today.
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