By the way, all photographs from the museum on this blog were taken by me with my little point-and-shoot camera, and are in no way accurate representations of the outstanding beauty of this art. If you like what you see here, please plan a visit to the DAM!
Also, I forgot to take notes of several of the items I took pictures of. Case-in-point this item:
I also found this tapestry piece to be quite intriguing.
Again, a horse. Again, from India. Again, quite old. I want.
This interesting bronze figure is the Hindu god Shiva, from the Chola dynasty, Tamil Nadu, India (from the twelfth century). From the information plate: "The Hindu god Shiva dances the universe into and out of existence. The sound of his drum heralds its creation; his burning flame signals its final conflagration. In his dance, Shiva tramples on the demon of forgetfulness, shown in the form of an infant. The cycle of time—past, present, and future—runs through the circle of flames within which he dances."
This piece is the "famous monkey hero Hanuman" from South India and dates to the 1800's. According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, Hanuman helped the god Rama rescue his abducted wife Sita. Here Hanuman kneels with outstretched arms to show his devotion to Rama.
I think I could use him on the farm to frighten away the possums, along with these gargoyles.
I really admired this 19th century statue, called a Garuda (half bird, half man) from Bali.
Before my trip to the DAM I would have never known what a mandala was. In 1996 "three monks from Seraje Monastic University in southern India created a Hayagriva mandala at the Denver Art Museum. Hayagriva is regarded as one of the Great Protectors of Buddhism. The abbot of their monastery, Venerable Jampa Tegchhog, offered the sand mandala to the museum 'as a token of spiritual gift and as a basis of blessing and faith for the people of Denver and also to protect the people and environment from disease and natural calamities and evil elements.'"
Hunt Cap (just kidding--obviously some sort of scary-looking helmet thing. I don't know about you, but I think most of my horses wouldn't allow me to get close to them wearing this thing):
Another ancient clay horse (which to me, looks like the trinket in The Black Stallion):