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Approximately 6 feet tall, 77 cm wide and 12 cm thick, the Surya is carved from a single slab of dark green chlorite schist. Such fine grained soft metamorphic stones became the medium of choice of Karnataka’s artisans from the 11th-14th centuries. Basaveswara Temple

Sandstone carving at Konark Sun Temple in Orissa, India. Picture by Marji Lang.

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.

Chamunda, the Horrific Destroyer of Evil, 10th–11th century. India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Anonymous Gift and Rogers Fund, 1989 (1989.121) | This is a fragment of a full-length sculpture portraying the ferocious Hindu goddess Kali in the form of Chamunda, an epithet derived from her act of decapitating the demons Chanda and Munda. #Halloween

Manjuvajra Mandala, 11th century. Bangladesh or India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett, 1956 (57.51.6) | This sculpture represents an esoteric form of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom. #Buddhism

Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha Period: Pala period Date: 10th century Culture: India, Bihar, possibly from Nalanda Medium: Black schist with traces of gilding Dimensions: H. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); Wt. 11 lbs (5 kg) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Gift of Raymond G. and Marsha Vargas Handley, 2009 Accession Number: 2009.541

Standing Surya Period: Chola period (880–1279) Date: 11th–12th century Culture: India Medium: Copper alloy Dimensions: H. 19 1/8 in. (48.6 cm); W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); D. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg, 1998 Accession Number: 2000.284.1

Suryanaraya & Kalideva in Western Ghats: Arakeshwara temple-Haleyedatore

Linga Date: 8th century or earlier Culture: India (Jammu and Kashmir) Medium: Stone Dimensions: H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); W. (incl. base) 3 7/8 in. (9.7 cm) Classification: Sculpture Credit Line: Gift of John Siudmak, 1987 Accession Number: 1987.425

Surya (Sculpture)

Surya, the Sun God holding a lotus (padma) in each hand and accompanied by Pratyusha, the goddess of twilight, and Usha, the goddess of dawn who drives away the darkness with her arrows. The god stands frontally in an unflexed position (in samabhnaga posture) and has a circular halo. Place of Origin: Hassan, India (made) Date: mid 13th century, Metamorphosed impure limestone, Height: 148 cm, Width: 63.5 cm, Depth: 33 cm