Shiva Nataraja

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, figure, AK-MAK-187

Shiva is depicted here as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance), standing in a ring of fire in the anandatandava position. He is both the creator and destroyer of the world. He is standing on a dwarf, symbolising ignorance. Richly decorated bronze statues of Hindu gods like this are carried in processions…

Guanyin

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, figure, AK-MAK-84

The Buddhist deity Guanyin, who rescues people in need, is shown here meditating, seated on a rock. According to legend, he was once discovered in this position, meditating on the moon’s reflection in the water - in Buddhism a symbol of illusion and transience. His pose and facial expression embody…

Sleeping Vishnu

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1300, AK-MAK-224

Flask

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1199, vase, AK-MAK-590

Tea bowl

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1299, AK-MAK-615

Hedwig beaker

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, BK-NM-712

Gesp met griffioen

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, BK-NM-12973

Sleutel van brons

, c. 1100 - c. 1300, BK-NM-13039