Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Asian Art Museum - Deities


The Hindu deity - Shiva - 1000 - 1100



Indonesia - Dagger Holder - 1800 - 1900



Japanese - The Buddhist deity - Achala Vidyaraja - 1100 - 1185 (This was one of my favorite pieces).



Japanese - The Esoteric Buddhist King of Passion, Ragaraja - 1600 - 1700



China - The Buddhist deity Simhavaktra Dakini - The Enlightened One

10 comments:

Bangchik said...

I am looking at the first photo. I thought that is a truly happy piece of art. I can sense the characters were having real fun, and the joy just shines through.... ~bangchik

Bossy Betty said...

You make me want to spend hours in a museum--just wondering around!

Ann said...

The Esoteric Buddhist King of Passion is a little scary looking. I'm with Betty though, I want to go spend some time in a museum now too

Reeni said...

These are all so very fierce looking except the first one. Imagine bumping into one of them on a garden path! Scary. But very cool.

Jean said...

I love them all. Great shots! Hey...did you take the pictures that are in my coffee table book?

Erik said...

Thanks for the vicarious peak. Great stuff.

jakill said...

These different depictions of a bhuddist deity are fascinating. I have always thoguht of it as being very benign and different from these. I'm now keen to find out more.

Icy BC said...

Fantastic shots of these interesting statues!

ruthi said...

when I toured Thailand in 1998, I took a lot of photos of these statues and deities. I thought Asian History in High School for 11 years and being able to see for myself the culture of the countries I thought made it easy to motivate my students to listen to my lesson and participate.

Self Sagacity said...

So cool that you share all these photos. It's like being there myself. I always admire how the statues were made, so detailed.