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Sculpture from the Kushan Period
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Jain sculpture
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Hindu Temple Hangings
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Sculpture from Nepal
Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Two Bodhisattvas from Sri Lanka
India, Tamil Nadu; Chola period (880-1279), 11th century
Copper alloy
H. 37 3/4 in. (95.9 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
This strikingly posed figure is Rama, one of the most popular of Vishnu's ten incarnations. Rama can be identified by the position of his hands, which indicates that he is holding a bow and arrow. He is the hero of the Hindu epic poem the Ramayana, which centers on the abduction of Rama's wife Sita by the demon-king Ravanna and of her rescue by Rama, his brother Lakshmana, and the chief of the monkey army, Hanuman. This image of Rama was once part of a group of images representing these principal characters in the Ramayana. The holes in the bottom of the sculpture permit it to be supported by poles and indicate that it was once carried in temple festivals.
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