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Buddha

Buddha is a preacher of new ideas. He is usually seated in meditation.

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Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

June 24 - October 2, 2011

Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior is the first major museum exhibition to focus on Vishnu, one of Hinduism's three major deities. Presenting approximately 170 paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects that were made in India between the fourth and twentieth centuries, this exhibition serves as a brief survey of Hindu art styles as well as an examination of the Vaishnava (Vishnu-worshipping) tradition.

Special thanks to artist Sanjay Patel for his engaging avatar illustrations. Find more of his work in the Museum Shop.



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  • Attributed to Nainsukh (circa 1710–1778). The Buddha Avatar. Northern India (Punjab Hills, probably Jammu), circa 1760. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 6 5/32 x 8 11/32 in. (15.6 x 21.2 cm). The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990:1216

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  • The Buddha Avatar. Northern India (Punjab Hills, Basohli or Nurpur), circa 1700-1778. Opaque watercolor, gold, and beetle wings on paper, 8 1/32 x 11 13/16 in. (20.4 x 30 cm). The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990:1048

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