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Tathagata Vairochana

Tibet, 14th century, Gilt bronze inlaid with gemstones, Height 50.5 cm

Tibet, 14th century, Gilt bronze inlaid with gemstones, Height 50.5 cm

Source: Museum Reitberg catalog pg. 18, read 2013-9-23

Based on Tibetan texts “Tathagata Vairochana sits at the center of the universe and also sits at the center of the Five Transcendental Buddha’s – the personification of the Five Wisdoms.  In a cosmological system these are allocated five colors – white, blue, yellow, red, and, green – and the five elements – ether, water, earth, fire, and, air.

The Vairochana performs the dharmachakra mudra with both hands – the wheel of doctrine. A wedge shaped diamond points straight out of his head and represents the genuine truth”.



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Krishna – flute

Krishna – pastoral deity – avatar of Vishnu – link to Bhil tribespeople and flute playing.


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Poet Tulsi Das

  • Poet 16th century – wiki
  • Famous for popular Hindi translation of Ramayana
  • Hanuman Chalisa


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Contemporary sculpture and tools


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Archaeological excavations from 1955

Source: Department of Archaeology, India

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Selected temple sites in South Asia

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Feminine beauty India

Inde, Madhya Pradesh ou Râjasthân, Epoque médiévale, Xe-XIe siècle de notre ère, Grès, H.:78 cm: L:38 cm, MA 3176

Source: Musée Guimet website

“.. la femme demeure un thème de prédilection pour les sculpteurs, qu’ils soient bouddhiques ou brahmaniques. Elle apparaît, comme ici, sous un aspect traditionnel qu’elle conserve à travers les siècles : sensuelle.

Le traitement naturaliste du corps, la rondeur des formes, la pureté et la grâce font de cette sculpture ….”

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