Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Puja and Piety at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Gods Appeal to the Great Devi for Help (early 19th century), Folio from a Devimahatmya series with Sanskrit text in Devanagari script on reverse, India, Himachal Pradesh. Lent by Narendra and Rita Parson
CALIFORNIA---This exhibition celebrates the complexity of South Asian representation and iconography by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent. Drawn from SBMA’s collection and augmented by loans, the exhibition presents some 160 objects of diverse medium created over the past two millennia for temples, home worship, festivals, and roadside shrines. [link]

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: "Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent" (April 17 - Aug. 28, 2016); 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA; (805)963-4364; sbma.net