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This research guide features information on Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic visual texts, figure-sculptures, sacred architecture, and illuminated miniature paintings, from five-thousand years ago in the Indus Valley.

YouTube--BUDDHIST CAVES OF AJANTA

Built 300 years after the death of Buddha between 200 BCE and 600 AD, the Buddhist Caves of Ajanta are located in Maharashtra, India. The caves and their art were in the making for over 800 years.  Over time they were abandonded and forgotten until rediscovered in 1819 during British India, by the Madras Army.

BOOKS ON THE ART OF INDIA

Websites on the Art of India

Ancient Art of India
From the collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Buddha Preaching to the Assembly

Heroes and Villains: the Battle for Good in India's Comics

India's Fabled City: the Art of Courtly Lucknow
From the collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Lucknow the City of Nawabs

Peabody Essex Museum: Indian Art
Sculpture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork, brought back from India and southeast Asia to Salem by prominent merchants and global entrepreneurs, formed the basis of the PEM collection in 1799. This is the nation's foremost collection of important Tibetan and Nepalese works and 19th- and 20th-century Bhutanese textile arts. PEM has one of the leading collections of Indian art from the 18th century to the present - including the most important collection of contemporary Indian art outside of India.

South Asian and Himalayan Art
Artworks from the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

South and Southeast Asian Art
From the collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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