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The Hindu deity Brahma
Place of Origin: India, Tamil Nadu state
Date: approx. 1000-1200
Materials: Granite
Style or Ware: Chola
Dimensions: H. 46 in x W. 20 in x D. 12 in, H. 116.8 cm x W. 50.8 cm x D. 30.5 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S46+
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 4

Description

Label: Brahma is identifiable by his four heads. (One is understood to be in back.) Though he is in theory a very important god, and sometimes called the creator of all beings, Brahma has few worshipers and few temples devoted to him. This image would probably have been placed in a niche in the outer wall of a temple to Shiva or Vishnu. Many stone sculptures made in the Chola kingdom of southeastern India (approx. 860-1310), like this one, have an appealing quality of softness. This is largely because of the texture of their usual material, granite. Granite is coarse grained and does not accept sharp and minutely detailed carving.

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Exhibition History: "Indian and South-East Asian Stone Sculptures from the Avery Brundage Collection", Pasadena Art Museum 11/22/1969-2/1/1970, The Miami Art Center 2/26/1970-4/15/1970, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 5/6/1970-6/21/1970, Joslyn Art Museum 7/7/1970-10/15/1970, Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences 11/1/1970-12/31/1970.

"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013
Label: Brahma is identifiable by his four heads. (One is understood to be in back.) Though he is in theory a very important god, and sometimes called the creator of all beings, Brahma has few worshipers and few temples devoted to him. This image would probably have been placed in a niche in the outer wall of a temple to Shiva or Vishnu. Many stone sculptures made in the Chola kingdom of southeastern India (approx. 860-1310), like this one, have an appealing quality of softness. This is largely because of the texture of their usual material, granite. Granite is coarse grained and does not accept sharp and minutely detailed carving.
Exhibition History: "Indian and South-East Asian Stone Sculptures from the Avery Brundage Collection", Pasadena Art Museum 11/22/1969-2/1/1970, The Miami Art Center 2/26/1970-4/15/1970, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 5/6/1970-6/21/1970, Joslyn Art Museum 7/7/1970-10/15/1970, Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences 11/1/1970-12/31/1970.

"Hindu Deities", San Francisco International Airport, United Terminal, August 10, 2012 - March 4, 2013