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The Infinite and the Absolute: Belief and Being in the Art of South Asia

Bodhisattva Maitreya
Bodhisattva Maitreya
Pakistan (Gandhara)
Ca. 2nd-3rd century
Schist
(84.66)
Gift of Mr. Eric Neff

Drawn from the permanent collection of South Asian art, sculptures and reliefs in metal, stone, and terracotta explored the three religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. The majority of the works of art included in the exhibition originated in India, although a few were from some neighboring countries in South and Southeast Asia, areas that drew direct artistic inspiration from the Indian subcontinent. The sculptures, depicting gods and saintly beings in all their myriad forms, were fashioned for ritual and devotional use as a means to focus worship and foster a personal connection between the individual and the divine. The rich array of religious and cultural symbols embedded in the images illustrated the deep religious devotion and fervor of the people.

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