Walking Among the Gods: Chola Bronzes and Cambodian Sculpture in Context

Emma Natalya Stein, assistant curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C.

During the ninth through thirteenth centuries, artists in Tamil Nadu, South India, created sensuous and compelling figures of Hindu gods. These cast bronze images were carried through the streets in resplendent processions. In Cambodia, master masons carved a panoply of divine images and ornamentation onto the sandstone walls of Hindu temples. Dynamic figures of apsaras (celestial dancers) beckoned, and pillar-like gods stood majestically in temple sanctums. Richly illustrated with photographs from fieldwork in India and Cambodia, this talk invites you to walk among the gods. 


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