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Indra, Lord of the Gods: Regent of the East

Period:
Anuradhapura period
Date:
9th century
Culture:
Sri Lanka
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); D. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Guardian of the Flame Collection, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.468.2
  • Description

    The lokapalas stand in each of the four cardinal directions as protectors of both the Buddhist dharma (teachings) and the religious community. Texts speak of monasteries being constructed on grids symbolically marked with these deities, leaving the specific ritual function of these sculptures an open question.

    Indra, Lord of the Gods is Regent of the East. He holds a thunderbolt. His vehicle is the elephant.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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