Medieval Hindu Art Goes on Show at RA
Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK
SOME of India's rarest and finest sculptures, never before seen in the UK, have gone on display at the Royal Academy.
A blockbuster exhibition devoted to the Chola dynasty of southern India showcases bronze sculptures from the ninth to the 13th centuries.
The 40 pieces are widely considered to be among the finest works of Indian sculptural art.
They have been loaned by various international institutions and private collectors and the exhibition marks the first time that bronzes have been loaned to the UK by India's National Museum in Delhi and the Government Museum in Chennai.
The Cholas were a Tamil dynasty that emerged in the ninth century after the capture of Thanjavur - located in the present-day state of Tamil Nadu - in 850 and ruled for the next 400 years.
During their reigns, the Chola kings controlled much of southern India, extending as far as the islands of Sri Lanka, the Maldives and parts of Indonesia.
A Royal Academy spokesman said: "The exhibition will show UK art lovers for the first time that the Cholas were great patrons of the arts, who oversaw an extensive programme of temple construction. …