The South Asian Collection Of The Asian Art Museum

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The South Asian collection of The Asian Art Museum, in gallery four, houses The Hindu Deity Brahmani [Figure 1], originally from Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu state and is dated approximately 875-950 AD. The artist is unknown. Her dimensions are 29 X 21 X 10 inches. In Hinduism, Brahmani is the shakti of the god Brahma, the creator of the universe and senior member of the Hindu Trinity, and is one of the seven mother-goddesses that may have been located in the temple of her origin ("The Hindu Deity Brahmani"). The sculpture was created during the Chola Dynasty, also known as the Golden Age of Tamil Culture, and carved from either granite or hornfels granite. The Dravidian style of art and architecture attained brilliance under the Cholas, and the dynasty’s triumphs are considered the greatest in South Asia containing some of the most beautiful masterpieces ever produced in India (Dehejia, 1990). This sculpture is an excellent representation of this goddess, confirming that the artistic vision of the Chola dynasty is paramount in Indian art. Equally as stunning, ornate temples were built to house sacred symbols to help Hindu devotees comprehend the incomprehensible. The temple is considered the dwelling place of the deities and sculptures of Hindu gods set there is a visual representation used to generate a sense of reality of the invisible. The temples provided a space for worshippers to perform rituals, leave offerings, touch, and feel the Gods. The purpose of the marvelous art

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