Lotus

 

AGNSW COLLECTION Lotus-clad Radha and Krishna

Lotus-clad Radha and Krishna circa 1700–1710. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 2007

I always smile when I see the lovers Radha and Krishna covered in petals, a goddess nursing the elephant-headed infant Ganesha, boys frolicking in a lotus pond, or Krishna prancing by the Yamuna river.

Kalighat style Kamala Kamini nursing Ganesha

Kalighat style Kamala Kamini nursing Ganesha 1880–1899. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1959

Jingdezhen ware Lotus pond bowl

Jingdezhen ware Lotus pond bowl 14th century. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund 1999

 

Vishnu reclining on the serpent Shesha with Lakshmi in attendance

Vishnu reclining on the serpent Shesha with Lakshmi in attendance 19th century. Art Gallery of New South Wales, bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986

Also comforting is the historical Buddha on a lotus throne calling the Earth to witness his enlightenment, while the medicine Buddha holds a healing sprig in his alms bowl.

John Young Cloud and generic flower study #2

John Young Cloud and generic flower study #2 Summer 1998–Autumn 1998. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Amanda and Andrew Love 2001. © John Young

Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra)

Seated Buddha calling the Earth to witness (bhumisparsha mudra) 18th century. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1996

Menri style Medicine Buddha (Bhaishajyaguru)

Menri style Medicine Buddha (Bhaishajyaguru) 19th century. Art Gallery of New South Wales, D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999

Bundi school Vasant ragini

Bundi school Vasant ragini circa 1770. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1997