Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photos of Hindu sculpture, temples, and holy people

This week we augmented our Hinduism gallery with 30 black/white and sepia photographs of Hindu sculptures, carvings, temples and holy people. Stay tuned for more, as we are on a bit of an India kick this month! Below is a rock carving from Mamallapuram depicting the paradise of Indra. Mamallapuram is a group of temples in Tamil Nadu, India, built from the 7th-9th centuries AD, that features scenes from the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Paradise of Indra sculpture at Mamallapuram

Bronze statue of the goddess Kali Statue of Hindu goddess Kali

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hindu god illustrations from 1800s

We recently added several interesting illustrations to our Hinduism gallery. This set was done in the mid-1800s, and the pictures appear to have been hand-colored. This is an image of Vishnu, considered the preserver of the universe, and part of the Hindu trinity (or trimurti) that includes Brahma and Shiva. Hindu god Vishnu

Monday, June 6, 2011

Warwick Goble's illustrations of Chaucer works

Last week we expanded our collection of Warwick Goble artwork by adding the illustrations from a 1912 edition of works by medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Images (available as 300 dpi jpgs) include scenes from The Canterbury Tales.

Depiction of scene from Chaucer poem "To Rosamond."