The art of South Asia

Stupa introductory image, great stupa of Sanchi
A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.

The Great Stupa at Sanchi

Shore Temple
A temple with three shrines, this majestic complex faces the sea and features a rich sculptural program.

Shore Temple, Mamallapuram

The Taj Mahal
This huge white-marble mausoleum is recognized the world over for its splendor, symmetry, and stunning gardens.

The Taj Mahal

Sinan, Rüstem Paşa Mosque, exterior niche Mimar Sinan, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, 1561-63 (Istanbul)
One of the world’s main monotheistic faiths, Islam was founded by Muhammad, a merchant from Mecca.

Introduction to Islam

Tipu's Tiger
Made for a sultan, this unusual automaton emblematizes the fierce hostility between British and Indian rulers.

Tipu’s Tiger

Varanasi: sacred city
Each year, millions of pilgrims come here to worship Shiva and to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges.

Varanasi: sacred city

Cave 26, Ajanta (photo: Arian Zwegers, CC: BY 2.0)
Cut into a mountainside, this monastic complex is hard to see but offers a breathtaking glimpse of ancient India.

The Caves of Ajanta