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Iconography and Images (Murtī): Art
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Modern Hinduism is a very visual culture, populated by brightly colored and ornamented images of gods, goddesses, and divine beings, some with multiple arms and heads, and dramatic expressions (see fig. 1). These images have been made for the past two thousand years and are one of the principle means for the transmission of the Hindu traditio…

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Branfoot, Crispin, “Iconography and Images (Murtī): Art”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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