Published: June 3, 2003
PASADENA, CALIF. – “: Sacred Images from Tibet, Nepal and Northern India,” on view at the Norton Simon Museum to October 27, presents 15 masterpieces from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection of Asian art.
The exhibition features sculpture, paintings and book covers. On view are beautiful examples of Himalayan gilded sculptures that exhibit graceful posture and sensuous modeling. Visitors can see a Fourteenth Century gilt bronze sculpture of the Buddhist goddess “Tara” – the largest Himalayan bronze in the collection. Wearing a diaphanous garment and adorned with jewelry inset with semiprecious and colored stones, Tara is the embodiment of feminine grace and compassion.
Another notable sculpture presented in the exhibition is the seated “Indra,” a gilt bronze created in Nepal in the Thirteenth Century. The king of the gods in Indian mythology, Indra, is depicted in a pose of ease and graceful elegance, reflecting the dignity and majesty of his position. In addition to this royal posture, this work includes the distinctive attribute of a horizontal third eye on his head and a tiara.
Examples of works from northern India are also included. Presented together on one pedestal are modern reproductions of the famous Tenth Century ensemble of “Shiva,” “Parvati” and “Nandi” found in the Gaurisamkara Temple in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
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