This gallery shows different sculptures of prominent Asian figures related to Religion. The statues span all across Asia with sculptures coming from India to China, many different forms of the same religion are shown.
This religious figure is related to India. The statue is of the god in his most recognizable states while he is playing the flute. In the religion involving Krishna, the flute is a metaphor of the human connecting to the god. The statue is simple, showing only the god himself on what appears to be a throne, leaving out any distracting elements.
Shiva was thought to be an excellent representation of the Champa people, as he was one of the three Gods in the Hindu trinity of gods. The statue is a representation of the comeback of the Champa religion after Buddhism was dominant.
This statue represents Jainism. The “immortal soul”, or “jiva” is believed to exist in every living entity and is rebirthed until it reaches a state of liberation. All who believe in the immortal soul believe that meditation and asceticism are keys to the liberation of jiva. The Jinas value the position of being cross-legged with their palms upward and their hands in their laps, as it is most commonly associated with the relgion.
This statue is physical form of compassion in the Buddhist religion. Everything about this gilt copper figure is important. Everything about the physicality of the god has significance. The god is also dressed with semi-precious stones and dressed in an elegant robe.
Buddha is probably the most recognizable figure related to religion in Asian culture. This statue is made of bronze and shows Buddha praying and meditating. This is a common statue that many would place in their houses or take with them in order to pray.
Yet another figure of Buddha, this statue is of the religious figure’s head. The spot on Buddha’s forehead represents the third eye, a prominent belief in the Buddhist religion and his bun is a symbol of wisdom. His eyes appear to be closed as if in meditation or prayer.
In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the age seventy-seven is celebrated by the elder by riding on a chariot through town. They are also required to commission a full-sized stupa but if they cannot access this, they can build a smaller scale model of one. The one that is pictured has religious elements in pretty much every inch of the sculpture. Figures can be seen praying and animals can be seen performing certain acts or representing locations.
Asian coins are very interesting because they are not only used for currency but can also be found engraved with important historical events. This coin has many references to past dynasties as well as representing the God of the North. Now a days, people are finding Asian coins and using them as jewelry or decorative items.
As Buddhism traveled from India to China, it was not important in society until the Six Dynasties period. This figure, the Bodhisattva, differs from Buddha as it is imagined as a figure that does not want to become Buddha, but does want to help mankind. The statue has less emphasis and detailing around the face and more on its body showing decorations on its outfit and has a more defined body shape.
These figures are composed of five parts; the stand and bowl, inner tray, lid with a spire, the hintha-bird, and a short finial. The hsun-ok was often given as gifts for kings. It is composed out of layers of lacquer combined with either bamboo, wood, or sheet metal. The hsun-ok pictured here was brought before the British annexation of Burma in 1885.
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