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Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas

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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas

Dating from the 10th to the 18th century, sculptures of deities, enlightened beings, and teachers from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions reveal the aesthetic connections between Hindu and Buddhist temple sculpture as well as their distinct qualities. Highlights range from a majestic stone image of Shiva Dakshinamurti (Lord of the South) to a fierce gilded bronze of Palden Lhamo, the deity who protects Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. A good place to begin your tour of the gallery would be with Ganesha, the beloved elephant-headed deity, who is the god of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles.

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As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.