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Indra, 13th century

Nepal, 1200-1299
Gilt bronze
16-1/8 x 12-3/16 x 6 in. (41.0 x 31 x 15.2 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.27.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Indra is the king of the gods and a prominent deity in both the Hindu and Buddhist pantheons. In Nepali figures, Indra usually wears a crown or elaborate tiara and is portrayed in a royal posture that expresses a relaxed yet dignified attitude. This iconographic type was an invention of Nepali artists, whose extraordinary finesse with metalwork is also evident in the figure's meticulously crafted details and gem-inlaid ornaments.

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