Religious Art

A great many of the pieces in the Art & Gems collection were created as sacred art. The pieces originating in theocratic societies, in particular, such as those in pre-Columbia America, reflect the belief that their existence was subject to the capricious will of their gods. Similarly, Eastern religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, are represented by part of their broad mythological pantheon of Buddhas, Budais, Shivas, Ganeshas and Krishnas. Among the Christianity based artwork, ivory statues and a head of Christ done in amber stand out in particular.