Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi, 5th century. India (Uttar Pradesh). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.300) | On one occasion the youthful Krishna slayed the demon Keshi, who appeared in the guise of a horse. #horses
Shiva Seated with Uma (Umamaheshvara), 11th century. Thakuri dynasty. Nepal (Kathmandu Valley). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1987 (1987.218.1) | Shiva (Maheshvara) is shown together with his wife Uma (Parvati) in an image of great tenderness and grace, seated in royal ease on an elliptical lotus platform.
The goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon, Mahisha (Mahishasuramardini), Pala period (c. 700–1200), twelfth century | Bangladesh or India | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Purchase, Diana and Arthur G. Altschul Gift, 1993 (1993.7)
One of the important teachers from India was the monk Atisha who in 1042 came to Tibet at the invitation of the western Tibetan king Yesh ‘Od. This "tangka" (painting on cloth) made in the early to mid-twelfth century, several generations after Atisha’s death in 1054, is the earliest known portrait of this great master.