Indra, Lord of Storms and King of the Gods' Realm

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Made in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Asia

Medieval Period

c. 1200

Mercury-gilded copper alloy with spinel rubies, rock crystal, and turquoise

15 7/8 × 9 3/4 × 8 1/2 inches (40.3 × 24.8 × 21.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Indra, an ancient deity who reigns over the heaven of the gods in Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain mythology, is distinguished by his horizontal third eye. Indra is particularly popular in Nepal, among both Buddhists and Hindus. Here the god wears a close-fitting lower garment incised with subtle floral decorations. The modeling of the sculpture is similar to works made in northeastern India under the Pala and Sena dynasties (about ninth through twelfth centuries). This stylistic resonance reflects the frequent interaction between India and Nepal through Buddhist and Hindu artisans and pilgrims.