Tuesday, September 17, 2019



                                           (   The blogger in MET Museum )
                              ( Harwa tilein MET  Museum )
 ( Crowned and jeweled Brass  Buddha from kashmir  in MET.This is wonder in brass created in kashmir during 8th or 9th century .)
                  (Broken Image of Kaamdeva in Metropolitan Museum of Art..).
 ( Kartikeya or ' The God of War' from kashmir. Brass with silver inlay .MET  Accession No 2015.500.4.5 )
 ( Shiva Ekmukhalinga from Kashmir .&th century stone sculptureon display in Asian Section of MET . Accession Number  1989.150 )          
  ( Golden diadem with Kinnaris    (Crown of a queen  .. gold inset with garnet  ) relating to 9th  or 10th lying  in  Asian section of Metropolitan Museum of Art New York .  Accession No..1988.395 )                                                  


( The Blogger outside MET  New York )

 (Vairochana ,the Transcedent Buddha ( seated in a Yogic posture ) of the center from Gilgit area . 9th or 10th Century .Bronze with silver inlay. MET accesion  Number 1987.218.7.. On display in Asian section of Metropolitan Museum of Art New York )


‌There is a section in Metropolitan Museum of Art New York  (gallery 237 ) devoted exclusively to kashmir. This section falls in Florence And Herbert Asian Wing of MET Museum. It is a real pleasure to see how some treasures from kashmir have been nicely preserved , protected and displayed over here. 

‌During my visit in September 2019 , i saw a stone  sculpture of goddess Sharda , terracotta tiles from Harwan Kashmir, a Vaikuntha Vishnu sculpture , a broken sculpture of kamdeva , two Pashmina shawl  , brass images of Gajalakshmi, Bronze sculptures, Kartikeya  sculpture, Brahama Vishnu Mahesha triad in black stone, golden crown of a  kashmirian queen, sculpture of Bhairava , sculpture of Shiva Ekmukhlinga , metal mask of Bhairava ,  metal mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu ,sculpture of Indra or Vajrapani , Buddha in postures some golden coins of kushana period and many more artifacts .


In Kashmir, kaamdeva images were sculpted in temples of Avantipora and Anderkot ( capital of king Jayapida grandson of king Lalitaditya) . The description given for the broken Kaamdeva stone image held in Metropolitan Museum of Art New York reads:
‘ Kama, the god of love, is here identified by a wondrous mythical creature (makara), who spews arrows from its jaws. The bow and arrow and a pair of lovebirds are Kamadeva’s principal identifiers. This subject is a rare survivor from early medieval Kashmir.’


I also saw three tiles from Harwan in Metropolitan Museum of Art New York .Out of these three, two are broken and one is unbroken and complete .
The tiles show a distinct Parthian or late Sasanian influence revealing the close connections that Kashmir had with the Gandhara region at the time when Buddhism was the prevalent system of belief in both the regions.
The unbroken tile displayed in MET Museum has images of emaciated naked ascetics and couples drawn on it. The images are a mixture of Buddhist and Shaivite Yogic images that relate to a period between 5th and 6th century A D. These tiles decorated the courtyard of an apsidal temple at Harwan.
 The  additional details given by MET Museum  for these Harwan tiles  are as under  :-

 "Given that similar mixtures of Hindu and Buddhist imagery appear at other contemporary sites in Afghanistan and western India , the tiles may be a part of larger exchange that occurred in relation to the emergence of esoteric Buddhism. Numerals in the Kharoshti script have been incised into the tiles , presumably as an aid to their placement ."

Such tiles establish without any ambiguity the presence of a fully evolved school of art in ancient Kashmir.


In the Asian section ( first Floor adjacent to Korean Art section ) of Metropolitan Museum of Art New York , I saw a crowned idol of Goddess Sharada from Kashmir . This late 9th century sculpture has been done in Chlorite Schist and is in good shape . As per details collected by me , the idol was gifted to MET Museum in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs.Perry J .Lewis residents of Greenwich Connecticut, USA . Sharada is Kashmiri synonym for Sarswati, the Goddess of learning .

This four armed idol is housed in Gallery 237 in MET Museum .It is about 32 cms in height and 20 cms in width . It was exhibited twice as per details below:-

(1) Art Institute of Chicago. "Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure," April 5, 2003–July 27, 2003.

(2) New York. Asia Society. "The Arts of Kashmir," October 2, 2007–January 27, 2008.
Metropolitan Museum of Art treats it as a notable acquisition of ancient Kashmir.

A careful look at the idol reveals that two hands of the goddess rest on two children ,) each holding a manuscript representing Vidya ( Knowledge ) and Gyana ( Wisdom ). It could not be confirmed from the Museum officials whether this idol is from ancient Sharada Temple of Kashmiri Pandits ( now in POK ).


Kartikeya or  God of  war metal sculpture  is from ancient kingdom of Kashmir . Id I wIas been done in brass with silver inlay. This 8th century Sculpture was gifted to Metropolitan Museum of Art New York by  Florence and Herbert Irving in 2015. This  Sculpture is displayed on first floor inside Asian section of MET Museum.
Kartikeya is  second child of Shiva and Parvati after  Ganesha. Other names of Kartikeya are Murugan ,Skanda ,Subhramanaya and Kumara  . Kartikeya is the most handsome gods in Hindu Mythology. The vehicle of Kartikeya is a peacock.

Next time more.

(Avtar Mota)


Creative Commons LicenseCHINAR SHADE by Autarmota is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India License.
Based on a work at http:\\autarmota.blogspot.com\.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.