Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.108) | Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #Buddhism

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.108) | Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #Buddhism

The Hindu deity Parvati - 11th Century - Indian Art - Asian Art Museum of San Francisco | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The Hindu deity Parvati - 11th Century - Indian Art - Asian Art Museum of San Francisco | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hindu deity Vishnu in the form of the man-lion Narasimha 1100-1200 CE Bangladesh (1)

Hindu deity Vishnu in the form of the man-lion Narasimha 1100-1200 CE Bangladesh (1)

Durga Mahisasuramardini, black stone, ca. late 10th-early 11th H:33.5 in. Ashutosh Museum, Calcutta

Durga Mahisasuramardini, black stone, ca. late 10th-early 11th H:33.5 in. Ashutosh Museum, Calcutta

Durga Mahisasuramardini, Pala, Black stone, 42 in. H., Dhaka Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Durga Mahisasuramardini, Pala, Black stone, 42 in. H., Dhaka Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Durga killing the buffalo demon, Orissa, 13th C. -British Museum

Durga killing the buffalo demon, Orissa, 13th C. -British Museum


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Durga Mahisasuramardini, Pala, Black stone, 42 in. H., Dhaka Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Durga Mahisasuramardini, Pala, Black stone, 42 in. H., Dhaka Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.108) | Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #Buddhism

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.108) | Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #Buddhism

Visnu (detail) from Munshiganj, Bangladesh, Black Stone, Dhaka Museum

Visnu (detail) from Munshiganj, Bangladesh, Black Stone, Dhaka Museum

The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Mahishasura Mardini) | 12th century | Pala period

The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon (Mahishasura Mardini) | 12th century | Pala period

Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon  14th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy.  (via Flickr: Rubin Museum of Art)

Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon 14th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy. (via Flickr: Rubin Museum of Art)

Cosmic Form of Eighteen-Armed Vishnu  India. 11th century Sandstone 2001.1.4 Ester R  This highly unusual form of Vishnu in cosmic manifestation shows his supremacy through delicate architectural relief. Like the Durga sculpture, he stands in the three-fold (tribhanga) pose of gracefulness, with two worshippers in the honorific (namaskara) pose at his feet.

Cosmic Form of Eighteen-Armed Vishnu India. 11th century Sandstone 2001.1.4 Ester R This highly unusual form of Vishnu in cosmic manifestation shows his supremacy through delicate architectural relief. Like the Durga sculpture, he stands in the three-fold (tribhanga) pose of gracefulness, with two worshippers in the honorific (namaskara) pose at his feet.

Tara in worship, Bargaon

Tara in worship, Bargaon

Crowned Buddha Shakyamuni	  India, Bihar; Pala period (c.8th - 12th century), 11th century  In this depiction, an ornamented Buddha is surrounded by four smaller images of himself, each of which represents an important scene from his life. The placement of the inscription (the Buddhist consecratory formula) on the pedestal of the image rather than near the figure's head and its paleography suggests that it may be later in date than the image itself.

Crowned Buddha Shakyamuni India, Bihar; Pala period (c.8th - 12th century), 11th century In this depiction, an ornamented Buddha is surrounded by four smaller images of himself, each of which represents an important scene from his life. The placement of the inscription (the Buddhist consecratory formula) on the pedestal of the image rather than near the figure's head and its paleography suggests that it may be later in date than the image itself.

Sonarang Lokanatha, Varendra Museum, Rajshahi

Sonarang Lokanatha, Varendra Museum, Rajshahi

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