Ganesha is grand but what I love about him is that we had a custodian that used to call this piece “El Elefantito” (the Little Elephant in Spanish). I liked Ganesha being referred to in such an endearing way.
I have always liked his pants.
The material is so luxurious and indulgent but he’s an ascetic. I love that contradiction, I also imagine him wondering if it was worth it, if he is any closer to enlightenment now that he has deprived himself of one of the most essential and delightful things about being human….FOOD!
I enjoy all of the Mithila drawings in our collection.
The demon’s eyes are so expressive.
For one, it’s visually striking. The sassy curve of the hip immediately catches my eye. Conceptually, it’s interesting–trying to combine male and female into one figure in a very literal, traditional way. I love that Shiva’s bull and Parvati’s lion are in the mix. It’s like a family portrait.
A fierce female sky walker who teaches in a cemetery, travel through space, hangs out with dancing skeletons…if that isn’t metal, I don’t know what is.
It is such a cool image: multiple arms, all equipped with implements to help battle our desires! The combination of Buddhist and Hindu deities is also fascinating.
Amazing calligraphy—full of strength and life.
One of the best examples of early Tibetan tangkha painting—not my personal favorite but the best example in this selection.