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'Tree of Life' screen, Sidi Sayyid mosque in the city of Ahmadabad (Western India).

Lotus ceiling, carved from stone, Eastern Rajasthan (Northeastern Madhya Pradesh), 11th-12th century, India.

Qutb Minar (قطب, क़ुतुब), Alai Darwaza, Qutub complex. Qutab, Mehrauli in Delhi, [Mamluk Dynasty]; India 1192 AD.

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The Spirit of India

“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.”
- Keith Bellows, National Geographic

Mother Goddess (Matrika) One of a group of 7 mother goddesses sprung from a Hindu male god. Despite their beauty, matrikas represent dangerous and malevolent forces—the devourers of children and bearers of sickness and disease. Though integral to early temple iconography, their power was so threatening they were marginalized, consigned to shrines beyond city boundaries. Their combined power is understood to be embodied in the mother goddess, Durga.

Period: Post-Gupta period

Date: mid- 6th century

Culture: India (Rajasthan, Tanesara)

Medium: Gray schist

Dimensions: H. 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm)

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