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Permanent Collection: Asian Art

Asian art has long had a place among the Carlos Museum's collections, but the pace of this collecting activity has accelerated greatly in recent years, highlighted in the gallery's first installation, The Arts of India and the Himalayas: Recent Acquisitions.

Aided principally by the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation, the Museum has acquired works of Asian art with a special interest in South Asia. Featured works include a majestic late-1st–early-2nd-century seated Buddha from Mathura in India, one of the most important such works in an American museum, and an 11th–12th-century sculpture of a rare, cosmic form of eighteen-armed Vishnu with numerous swaying attendants, a stunning example of the elegance and sophistication of Indian medieval sculpture.

Some of the finest bronze sculptures ever created were produced by artisans working under the Chola Dynasty of South India between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. A 10th-century bronze Jain altar representing the Jina Rishabhanatha enshrined, a gift of Kellstadt Professor of Marketing Jagdish Sheth of Emory's Goizueta Business School and his wife Madhu, offers eloquent testimony of the third great religious tradition to originate in India.


Link to Seated Buddha   Seated Buddha

North Central India. Mathura, Kushan Dynasty, 1st century AD. Red sandstone. 2000.5.1. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.

  Link to Seated Buddha   Seated Buddha

India. Pala Period, 10th century AD. Black stone. 2001.1.7. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.


Link to Fragmentary Head and Torso of a Nobleman   Fragmentary Head and Torso of a Nobleman

North Central India. Gupta Dynasty, 5th century AD. Terracotta. 2001.1.11. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.

  Link to Durga Battling the Buffalo Demon   Durga Battling the Buffalo Demon

India, Rajasthan. ca. AD 900. Sandstone. 2001.1.6. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.


Link to Vishnu Sleeping on the Cosmic Ocean   Vishnu Sleeping on the Cosmic Ocean

Northern Madhya Pradesh, possibly Khajuraho. 11th century. Sandstone. 2001.1.14. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.

  Link to Dancing Balakrishna or Saint Sambandar   Dancing Balakrishna or Saint Sambandar

India, Tamil, Nadu. Late Chola Dynasty, late 13th–14th centuries. Bronze. 2001.1.3. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.


Link to Figure of the goddess Lhamo   Figure of the goddess Lhamo

Densatil Buddhist Monastery, Central Tibet. 15th century. Bronze. 2001.19.1. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.

  Link to Jain Altar of Rishabhanatha Enshrined   Jain Altar of Rishabhanatha Enshrined

India, Karnataka. 10th century AD. Bronze. 2000.18.


Link to Four-faced Lingam (Chaturmukhalingam)   Four-faced Lingam (Chaturmukhalingam)

Nepal. 12th–13th centuries AD. Gray schist. 2001.1.5. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.

  Link to Cosmic Form of Eighteen Armed Vishnu   Cosmic Form of Eighteen-Armed Vishnu

India. 11th century AD. Sandstone. 2001.0.4. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.


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