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Sundays In My City – Stunning Statues

Happy Sunday, folks. This Sunday, I am sharing some photos I clicked at the National Museum of India, Delhi.   As usual I clicked hundreds – it is really hard to control oneself when inside that stupendous place with such gorgeous collections and numerous galleries. We spent an entire day there, naturally. I must confess we were not fully satisfied that we’d seen everything properly. We will go back again, that’s for sure. 
But in the meantime, let me show you these stunning statues from the Archeology gallery. These are mostly in stone, bronze and terracotta, dating from the 3rd century B.C., through the 19th century A.D., representing all major regions, periods and schools of art. I have a major fetish for museums.
Enjoy. And, as always, click the photo to view the original size in a new window.
This one was from an Icelandic Exhibition at the Museum
A haiku for these:


Lifeless Statues Speak
of legends, mythology
Let’s treasure, cherish

I hope you enjoyed these! Now let’s head over to Unknown Mami’s, who kindly hosts this wonderful “Sundays In My City” and travel the world from there!

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Cheers!

Vidya

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Leovi
    March 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Yes, I like these beautiful sculptures, beautiful photos. Greetings.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Thank you, Leovi! Greetings to you, too! Your Sunday post is a joy always!

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    Wayne W Smith
    March 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    They are as advertised, simply stunning statues. You are lucky to have viewed them.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Thank you, Wayne. Indeed we’re lucky. Every city has these.

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    Keetha Broyles
    March 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Very interesting! Our oldest daughter is going to India in June.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Wow – how nice, Keetha. Which cities does she plan to visit?

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    BLOGitse
    March 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Earlier today I was reading about art, shapes etc. – your pictures show how talented their creators were!
    Sunny greetings from Helsinki!

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    Tara R.
    March 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing statues. So beautiful, and so rich in history and culture.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Thank you Tara. And they’re all beautifully documented.

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    Tami
    March 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    3rd century BC? Amazing! I love history and learning the stories behind them. My favorite one that you posted is the fisherman in rowing the boat.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Tamil – yes, there are some very ancient artifacts. Each one carries a wonderful description of its history. 🙂 I liked the fisherman too!

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    Terri Sonoda
    March 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Beautiful photos. Thanks again for sharing India’s treasures with us, Vidya! You are one of those treasures, as well! And your love for museums? You and I would have so much fun together because I also have a museum fetish. I love strolling through all kinds of museums, but my very favorite are art museums. The different periods of art fascinate me. I read everything when I’m there. It drives others nuts who are with me. I definitely take my time. LOL
    Have a beautiful Sunday, my friend. Much love!
    Terri

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:19 am

      It would be wonderful if we could go together, Terri! I love to read each and every thing too! And spend hours and hours and hours there. We have plenty of art museums here that are very fascinating. 🙂 I have the same issue with people who accompany me 😀 they want to leave after a few hours! You know, as we travel south, we see these beautiful works of art all over the place, especially at the temples.

      Thank you, Terri (what a lovely compliment!) I treasure you, too!

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    Laurie Matherne
    March 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The statues illustrate the richness of your culture. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Thanks, Laurie. The museum was wonderful!

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    My Inner Chick
    March 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    –I look forward to your Sunday’s, Dear :))

    Thank you. Thank you.

    xxx Love Love Love

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:29 am

      🙂 Thank you, Kim! I love it when you come along! Hugs!

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    Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com
    March 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I feel so honored to have visited your museum in Delhi. I’m quite sure I’d never see this art otherwise. Thank you for sharing, and the haiku expresses it perfectly: “Let’s treasure, cherish.” Yes.

    xoRobyn

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Thank you, Robyn. The whole day there was not enough. I am lucky my folks also enjoy hanging out there! I am happy you enjoyed the photos!

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    Betsy at Zen-Mama
    March 5, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Incredible! Looks like a museum I would love! Love your haiku, too!!

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Yes, Betsy, you’ll love it. I know it. I think of you every time I see a serene Buddha statue 😀

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    ceodraiocht
    March 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Vidya – your religious art is simply exquisite, the first photograph is my favorite. Also, Love this blog theme and it’s pristine look.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Thank you, Maggie! 🙂 I like to keep it simple. Religious art is everywhere in India, most especially the temples. Thousands of years old.

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    Kimberly
    March 5, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I have to come and visit you. My city is super boring. Really. Nothing to see but…ummm…Canadians?

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

      🙂 Kimberly, Come. You can stay with me. We’ll have fun!

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    Emily
    March 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Incredible! You’re lucky to have these treasures close by you.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, Emily. 🙂 You know, we see beautiful sculptures scattered along the roadside too. Depending the area, the people living nearby worship it. Then slowly, they build a fence around it….and sometimes it turns into a big temple 😀 People love to contribute to these causes.

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    Unknown Mami
    March 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I love them all. The last one is cute and I mean that in a good way, not a diminishing way.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

      🙂 Thanks, Unknown Mami. I know what you mean. 🙂 I too use the word “cute” with restraint 🙂 Strangely, the Icelandic Gallery was dark, with spotlights only on the exhibits. Quite eerie. In one end they had a video running about life in Iceland. Slightly depressing because they focused on their weapons most of the time.

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    Molly
    March 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    The age of these artefacts is truly amazing and so just how advanced these early civilisation of the world were

    Mollyxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank you,dear Molly! Yes, that’s the wonderful part – how well they’ve been preserved!

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    Working Mom Journal
    March 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I need to pay you a visit Vidya. I am serious, your city is rich in culture. I am so jealous.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Just come, Blessing. 🙂 Come stay with me.

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    Evelyn Lim
    March 6, 2012 at 1:29 am

    The photos are interesting. I have not been to India although I have got friends and relatives who have. Thank you for sharing your haiku – poignantly said about treasuring the legends and stories!

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      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Evelyn! I do hope you visit sometime. We live in a fascinating country! Thank you for mentioning the haiku 😀

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    Pamela Hutchins
    March 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    How gorgeous! I would really love to visit Delhi. My sister in law is from Mumbai, and my husband travels to Mumbai and Jamnagar each year, but they don’t intrigue me like Delhi does. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pictures.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Delhi is indeed full of historic sights that are a thrill to see and experience, Pamela! I do wish you visit. 🙂 And you can go via Bangalore as well. Thank you for coming by.

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    Bill Dorman
    March 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Cool beans, especially something 3rd Century BC; now there is some history associated with that, huh? Thanks for sharing your photos; hope you have a great week.

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      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Welcome, Bill! Thank you for the kind comment. Cool beans, indeed – and bushels of them! 😀 You have a wonderful week too!

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    Rhia Roberts
    March 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    What amazing pieces of art. Thank you for sharing them with those of us who are too far away to see them in person.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Welcome, Rhia. And thank you. It is entirely my pleasure to share these. I cherish my country. Do visit again!

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