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Indian sculpture: A catalogue of the Los Angeles County by Pratapaditya Pal

By Pratapaditya Pal

The breathtaking array of sculpture that for hundreds of years has dazzled viewers to the Indian subcontinent is intensely good represented within the choice of the l. a. County Museum of artwork. Indian Sculpture, quantity 1, covers a huge span of time, approximately from 500 B.C. to A.D. seven-hundred, because it catalogues half the museum's most excellent holdings. quantity 2, to be released in 1988, will research items made among the 8th and eighteenth centuries.

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Shrine with Fourjinas, Uttar Pradesh, c. A host of gods and goddesses subservient to the Jinas are also included in the pantheon. Images of these subsidiary 600, S134. divinities are used profusely to underwent a schism who put on white adorn Jain temples. Like Buddhists, Jains in the first century clothes," and were divided into Svetambaras, "those and Digambaras, "sky-robed," or naked. The principal difference between the two that Digambaras portray is pertinent for us is the fact that their Jinas as naked, while Svetambaras not only clothe, but occasionally adorn their images with ornaments and crowns.

S6. goddesses. The cult of the Goddess was pervasive One the focus of popular religion in the country. be distinguished and elevated as a major deity in ancient India and still remains of the earliest Mother Goddesses to in the Hindu pantheon Lakshmi, venerated ubiquitously by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains is as the Sri- goddess of wealth and good fortune. She continues to enjoy the most adored status virtually in Hindu household. The cosmic goddess Durga, slayer of the buffalo demon and embodiment of sakti, the power and energy basic to all creation, is rather a every latecomer to Hinduism.

Isvara in Avalokitesvara's common of Vishnu's. They into contact. akin to that is Durga of the earlier Sri- absorbed entire groups of earlier yakshas, Jains deities into their pantheons. Hindus known believe that the Ultimate Being perceived by the senses and is as Brahma cannot be formless. This abstraction, however, can assume many known as Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Siva, the destroyer, who periodically create, preserve, and destroy the universe in endless cycles. Brahma has remained more or less a figurehead in Hindu forms, the three principal being mythology, while Vishnu and Siva are the two dominant personalities.

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