Monday, November 13, 2017

ASI Museum Sculptures - 2, Shimoga

In Shimoga in the fort area is the 16th century Shivappa Nayak Palace  has been converted into a A.S.I Museum. There are many sculptures in this museum which were excavated from various regions. Some of them are sculptures of Bodhisattva. 


In early Indian Buddhism, Bodhisattva was primarily used to refer specifically to Gautama Buddha in his former life. Here is sculpture of 2nd century Gandhara style Bodhisattva Head excavated from Taxila.


Here is another sculpture of 5th century Gupta style Bodhisattva Head excavated from Saranath.


Tara in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female form of Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism. Here is sculpture between 11 - 12 century Gupta style Tara female Head in black stone from Alwar. Another is sculpture between 9 - 10 century Prathihara style Tara female Head in white stone excavated from Saranath.

14 comments:

Angie said...

The sculptors of these pieces had significant talent, particularly when you consider the tools they might have had!

joshidaniel.com said...

Nice :)

rupam sarma said...

Wonderful, Thanks for the post.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

How interesting - the first is a fine portrait head!

krishna said...

all our beautiful ancient sculptures..

Linda said...

Wonderful sculptures! Thanks for sharing these.

Wandering Wren said...

Love all your Buddha photos - so old, so much history, so much meaning...

Lady Fi said...

Amazing sculptures!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Nice...

Lorrie said...

Well done sculptures.

Weekend-Windup said...

It was nice to see these ancient sculptures:)

Jeevan said...

Interesting sculptures and forms of Bodhisattva, something i ever know about!

Pat Tillett said...

So beautiful! Your country is chock full of fantastic historical areas and artifacts.

Light and Voices said...

The ancients were so talented. Glad these artifacts are still around. Thanks for posting these images. Good job!