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Farewell from the Interns


Hello! For the past 8 weeks we have been the faces behind all of the social media for the VMFA and sadly yesterday was our last day. We appreciate all of your support on our journey and will greatly miss this chapter of our lives. We are thankful for the experience that we gained and hope that someday we will have the opportunity to do this again.

Farewell,

The Interns 

Farewell from the Interns


Hello! For the past 8 weeks we have been the faces behind all of the social media for the VMFA and sadly yesterday was our last day. We appreciate all of your support on our journey and will greatly miss this chapter of our lives. We are thankful for the experience that we gained and hope that someday we will have the opportunity to do this again.

Farewell,

The Interns 

Week of Art: South Asian Art #5


The Image of Sri Nathji Enshrined at Nathadwara  |

Unknown  |

South Asian |

opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper

|  ca. 1830-1840

|

Image: 9 11/16 × 6 ½ in. (24.61 × 16.51 cm)

Sri Nathji is a form of the Hindu god Krishna, manifested as a young boy. Shrinathji’s idol was brought to Rajasthan from Govardhana near Vrindavan to protect it from the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb who in 1665 was bent upon vandalizing the area of Vrindavan by widespread destruction of Hindu temples. When the Mughal army came to Govardhana, the devotees of the Lord showed them the titles and gifts given to the temple by the previous Mughal

Week of Art: South Asian Art #5


The Image of Sri Nathji Enshrined at Nathadwara  |

Unknown  |

South Asian |

opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper

|  ca. 1830-1840

|

Image: 9 11/16 × 6 ½ in. (24.61 × 16.51 cm)

Sri Nathji is a form of the Hindu god Krishna, manifested as a young boy. Shrinathji’s idol was brought to Rajasthan from Govardhana near Vrindavan to protect it from the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb who in 1665 was bent upon vandalizing the area of Vrindavan by widespread destruction of Hindu temples. When the Mughal army came to Govardhana, the devotees of the Lord showed them the titles and gifts given to the temple by the previous Mughal

Week of Art: South Asian Art #4


Circular Salver with Floral Scroll Pattern

|

Unknown

|

South Asian

|

silver

|

ca. 1900

|

Overall: – ½ × 9 1/8 × 9 1/8 in. (1.27 × 23.18 × 23.18 cm)

This dish was created completely by using  silver, with the addition of small details throughout. The seen embossed patterns showcase the Indian culture in which the object was created in.

Week of Art: South Asian Art #4


Circular Salver with Floral Scroll Pattern

|

Unknown

|

South Asian

|

silver

|

ca. 1900

|

Overall: – ½ × 9 1/8 × 9 1/8 in. (1.27 × 23.18 × 23.18 cm)

This dish was created completely by using  silver, with the addition of small details throughout. The seen embossed patterns showcase the Indian culture in which the object was created in.

Week of Art: South Asian Art #3


Dharmadhatu Vagishvara Mandala

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Unknown

|

South Asian

|

opaque watercolor on cloth

|

16th century

| Overall – 33 ½ × 25 ¾ in. (85.09 × 65.41 cm)

This cosmic diagram in the form of a celestial palace populated by Manjushri’s retinue was one of a series of mandalas based upon the Vajravali—an important Buddhist textual tradition. Sakyapa teachers and disciples appear around the mandala, which is painted in the intricate Nepalese-inspired style favored at the Sakyapa monasteries of central and south-central Tibet.

Week of Art: South Asian Art #3


Dharmadhatu Vagishvara Mandala

|

Unknown

|

South Asian

|

opaque watercolor on cloth

|

16th century

| Overall – 33 ½ × 25 ¾ in. (85.09 × 65.41 cm)

This cosmic diagram in the form of a celestial palace populated by Manjushri’s retinue was one of a series of mandalas based upon the Vajravali—an important Buddhist textual tradition. Sakyapa teachers and disciples appear around the mandala, which is painted in the intricate Nepalese-inspired style favored at the Sakyapa monasteries of central and south-central Tibet.

Week of Art: South Asian Art #2


Figure of a Donor

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Unknown

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South Asian

|

white marble

|

12th-13th century

|

Overall – 47 ¾ × 19 × 10 ½ in. (121.29 × 48.26 × 26.67 cm)

The bearded donor holds an elaborate garland in his hands, probably meant as an offering to the temple’s main image. Standing in an exaggerated triple-flexion pose, he wears a short skirt, necklaces, armlets, and a distinctive chain-like cord. The scarf draped around his arms falls in whimsical corkscrew patterns at his sides. Attendants stand in attitudes of respect near his feet.

Week of Art: South Asian Art #2


Figure of a Donor

|

Unknown

|

South Asian

|

white marble

|

12th-13th century

|

Overall – 47 ¾ × 19 × 10 ½ in. (121.29 × 48.26 × 26.67 cm)

The bearded donor holds an elaborate garland in his hands, probably meant as an offering to the temple’s main image. Standing in an exaggerated triple-flexion pose, he wears a short skirt, necklaces, armlets, and a distinctive chain-like cord. The scarf draped around his arms falls in whimsical corkscrew patterns at his sides. Attendants stand in attitudes of respect near his feet.