Indra

Indra
Creator:
Nepal
Date:
13th century
Medium:
Gilt bronze 
Dimensions:
16-1/8 x 12-3/16 x 6 in. (41.0 x 31 x 15.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1972.27.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

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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