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Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Sculpture from North India, 5th-7th Centuries
Jain sculpture
Sculpture of the Pala Period
Stone Sculpture from Hindu Temples
Sculptures from South India, 8th-9th Centuries
Bronze Sculpture of the Chola Period
Art for the Mughal and Rajput Courts
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
A Small Carved Rectangular Red Sandstone Screen, Depicting Two Bordered Large Rosettes
India, Mughal; 17th century
Mottled red sandstone
Gift of Arthur Ross
This fragment features interlocking forms common to much of Islamic art, cartouches. These decorative panels appear in the form of frames, which sometime contain writing or excerpts from the Koran. Cartouches appear in architecture, carpets, and even ceramics. In this piece, the larger of these chambers are filled with large double concentric rosettes, while a running frieze of smaller versions is carved along the top and bottom of the piece. Like the large sandstone fragment, which features a vase of flowers in a trefoil niche, this version shows the influence of ceramic tile decoration in 15th-century Iranian and Central Asian architecture.
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