13th century
Asia: Nepal
On View

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.


  • Title: Indra
  • 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

Object Information

Treasures from the Himalayas: Sacred Treasures from Tibet, Nepal and Northern India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2003-05-30 to 2003-10-27

Painting and Sculpture from Nepal, Tibet and Northwest India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-09-22 to 1997-06-01
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  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 831 p. 343
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