12th C. Pilgrim souvenir of the Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar, India. The Buddhist temple has been renovated many times, this gives a clear view of its form in the 12th C. Such items have been found across India, Myanmar, Nepal and Tibet. The Met.
Mother Goddess (Matrika) Post-Gupta period, mid- 6th century, India. One of a group of 7 mother goddesses sprung from a Hindu male god. Despite their beauty, matrikas represent dangerous and malevolent forces— Their combined power is understood to be embodied in the mother goddess, Durga.