India

 

The Indian section in the Musée Guimet includes, on the one hand, terracotta, stone, bronze and wood sculptures ranging from the 3rd millennium BC to the 18th/19th centuries AD, and, on the other, paintings and miniatures from the 15th to 19th centuries. Archeological objects, mainly from Southern India and revealing links between India and the Roman Empire during the early centuries of the present era, sculpted representations of the Buddha and episodes from Buddhist legend, together with effigies of the principal deities in the Brahmanic pantheon, illustrate the different esthetic trends which flourished in India and which influenced in various ways the art of neighbouring countries, notably in South East Asia.