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India's Artistry: The Unseen Revealed

Kali Standing on the Dead Shiva
Kali Standing on the Dead Shiva
Orissa, Puri
mid-20th century
Paint on sized cloth with lac coating
(68.4)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Eilenberg

A diverse selection of objects focused on traditional, commonplace arts. Many of the objects served domestic, devotional, or utilitarian uses, but several pieces for public or temple display were included. Elements of India's rich and varied religious heritage included Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. Six different media - ceramics, paintings, carved stone, wood, textiles, and metalwork - exhibited a variety of artistic styles that ranged from rustic to classical. Conceived by Professor Emeritus Robert Bussabarger, the works ranged in date from the second century to the late twentieth century. More than 100 objects from the Museum's South Asian Collection, as well as loans from Professor Bussabarger, local collectors, and MU's Department of Art, completed the show.

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