Nevada (US), March 4, 2017: South Asian Galleries after major transformation and comprehensive renovation at Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) have included Hindu deities and Hindus have welcomed this inclusion with open arms.
These newly renovated galleries, with new oak and terrazzo flooring exhibited granite Pillared Hindu Temple dating around 1550 CE procured from Madurai, India. Twelve large sculpted pillars forming the central aisle of the hall. The figures on these pillars include Rama, Hanuman, Sita, Bhima, Garuda, Agastya, Jambavan, Purushamriga, Tumburu, etc.
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Other Hindu artefacts showcased include dancing Ganesha (stone, around 750 CE), Indra (copper alloy, around 1200 CE), Surya (stone, 12th century), Bhairava, Nandi (schist, 1200-1250 CE), etc.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed lauded PMA for the inclusion of various Hindu deities and spoke that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.
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Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art based exhibitions, thus exposing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.
PMA, founded in 1876 and which claims “a world-renowned collection” of over 240,000 objects, has also published a book “Krishna’s Earthly Paradise”, and the Museum’s collection of Hindu artefacts is also available online. Leslie Anne Miller, Timothy Rub and Darielle Mason are Trustees Chair, Director and Curator of Indian-Himalayan Art respectively at PMA.
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